“One of the life messages I took from the retreat was to notice, instead of being judgmental, during meditation – and during life as well.”

— Lay retreat participant, Winter 2012

5779 Omer Middot Intensive Program

Seven Weeks Towards Wisdom:

An Omer Program of Spiritual and Ethical Growth

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The seven-week period between Passover and Shavuot, known as the Omer, traditionally is a time dedicated to cultivating inner renewal through nurturing and growing our middot, innate spiritual and ethical qualities such as compassion (chesed), strength (gevurah), humility (anavah), passion/action (zerizut), gratitude (hodayah), connection with self/others/God (kesher) and mindful speech (sh’mirat halashon).

This program offers a new opportunity for applying  Jewish mindfulness practice to the inner work of cultivating the middot associated with this 49-day period of spiritual and ethical maturation.  

Taught by Rabbi Marc Margolius, with guest appearances by Rabbis Nancy Flam, Sam Feinsmith, Lisa Goldstein and Jonathan Slater.

This seven-week online intensive includes:

  • A weekly guided meditation session on the middah of the week each Wednesday
  • A weekly half-hour video teaching laying out the practice focus for the week
  • A weekly foundational Jewish text on the middah of the week, with guided practice
  • A daily email practice reminder and kavanah (intention) for the day.
  • An opportunity to join in an online discussion with other participants

There is also an opportunity to participate in a weekly processing group, in additional to the month-long online intensive listed above. Joining a processing group (limited to 20 participants each), includes:

  • check in about the practice with other participants
  • connect to others in the group.
  • receive personal guidance in real time.

This option is limited, and will no longer be available once capacity has been reached.


Online guided Omer practice: $125

Online guided Omer practice, PLUS Optional Weekly Processing Group (with instructor): $180

Processing Group Schedule:

Thursdays from 2 – 3pm ET
April 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; and June 6

Weekly Live Practice:

Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1:15pm ET
a special teaching series of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s regular weekly meditation program.

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