Omer Mixtape 5784/2024

Omer Mixtape 57842024

Counting the Omer has evolved from a harvest practice into a spiritual accounting. Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, provides a framework for counting the Omer as a period for introspection and growth, in preparation for receiving the Torah on Shavuot (at the end of the Omer). Each week focuses on a different one of the sefirot, elements of the Divine, as well as how the aspects of the sefirot relate to each other. 

Many people will learn a piece of Torah (often Pirkei Avot) to aid their introspection and forge personal connections to the spiritual content. Inspired by others before me, I have crafted my version of this text study, counting the Omer using secular music for spiritual inspirationthe Omer Mixtape!

There is Written Torah, the five books of Moses, and there is the torah of the world, teaching revealed through content in our lives. When something resonates within us, we can choose to carry it with us to enhance and inform our lives. My Omer Mixtape is generated by music that unites the two Torot: the canonized Torah (and canon of Jewish literature) and the torah of our lives. 

This year’s Omer Mixtape is organized by week, so there are 7 playlists, each of which has 49 songs for the 49 days of the Omer. They are compiled from a wide variety of genres, time periods, and significant music from my life. After adding the music, I organize the playlist alphabetically by song title, and typically play them in that order or on shuffle. 

These playlists are made to be listened to during the Omer, for spiritual accounting through listening and reflecting. May the music inspire you to know yourself better, connect more to yourself and to others, and to grow into the person you want to be. May it be the will of the Divine to reveal Themselves to us as we encounter the world. May we encounter the revelations that open our hearts, bringing us joy and peace. 

See each week's playlist here!

Author

  • Rabbi Jenna Stein Turow

    Rabbi Jenna is passionate about experiential education, building meaningful community, and seeking authenticity from within and without through creative expression and spiritual exploration. Before rabbinical school, Rabbi Jenna received dual Bachelor's degrees in English and Secondary Education and worked as a high school English teacher. She has translated her love of literature into a deep appreciation for analysis and exploration of Jewish text, always seeking to connect the Jewish tradition with relevant contemporary life, values, and content. In her free time, you can find her updating her playlists, going to concerts, playing with her cat, or exploring nature.

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Author

  • Rabbi Jenna Stein Turow

    Rabbi Jenna is passionate about experiential education, building meaningful community, and seeking authenticity from within and without through creative expression and spiritual exploration. Before rabbinical school, Rabbi Jenna received dual Bachelor's degrees in English and Secondary Education and worked as a high school English teacher. She has translated her love of literature into a deep appreciation for analysis and exploration of Jewish text, always seeking to connect the Jewish tradition with relevant contemporary life, values, and content. In her free time, you can find her updating her playlists, going to concerts, playing with her cat, or exploring nature.

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