Learn from Congregation B’nai Chaim: A hidden lesson for new beginnings

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Hefsiba "Jen" Cohen
There’s a season for everything, and right now, we are in what seems to be the season of counting. We are counting the Omer, the seven-week countdown from Passover to Shavuot, of the Feast of Weeks. How fitting it is that, during this count, we have been reading the scripture portion from Leviticus 25 about the counting of seven years, Shmitah, the land’s rest when all fields were to be left fallow – unfarmed and unharvested, and also the Yovel or Jubilee year, after 49 years, when all land holdings were reestablished. While the tragedies of COVID-19 have been unspeakable, much of the world has had a short rest, and it has already brought amazing results. Smog has lessened, less-traveled water canals have revealed more wildlife, seismologists have reported less earth tremors du
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