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- A Mussar Omer Challenge Towards Personal Growth -

The Omer countdown, the days between Passover and Shavuot, is not only about marking time; it's a tradition that encourages personal growth. Over 3,400 years ago, the people of Israel while exiling from Egypt, experienced not only a rigorous physical journey in the desert but also an extraordinary spiritual encounter. The Israelites reached a transformative peak as they stood at the base of Mount Sinai, awaiting the Torah, when they were practically angelic. It was 49 days of profound change!

Now YOU are invited to create a spiritual journey of your own!

So, why not dedicate this period to our personal evolution? TMI’s 2024 Omer Challenge offers just that - Let's set goals, strive for them, and make this a time of self-improvement. Through daily challenges and reflections, sharing our stories, being part of the community, we will embark on a collective journey of growth. Together, we'll cultivate new Mussar moments, fostering a spirit of connection, resilience, and positive transformation.

Join us in this adventure, and let's make these 49 days a celebration of becoming the best versions of ourselves!

Ready to Begin? Follow these simple instructions!

Sign up for the Omer Challenge:

→ Join the journey from April 23rd (Passover) to June 10th (Shavuot).

Receive DAILY emails:

→ Get 49 days of Omer inspiration with our daily challenges.

Set Your Own Goals/Challenges:

→ Choose from our list or create your own objectives.

Print the Daily Tracker Tree:

→ Mark each successful day on your visual tracker.

Share Your Success Stories:

→ Connect with the community by emailing your achievements to Helaine@mussarinstitute.org.

Download & Print Daily Tracker

The Blessing Before Counting The Omer:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹֽמֶר

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha-olam
asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha'omer.

Blessed are You, God, Sovereign of the Universe, Who sanctified us with God’s commandments, and commanded us on the counting of the Omer.

Gather Together:

Join us at our LIVE online events (Zoom links will be sent to participants before the webinars, and recordings will be sent afterward):


- Challenge Launch with Alan Morinis - Kavod/Honor - Sunday, April 21st, at 2:00 pm ET


- Mid Challenge with Avi Fertig - Achrayut/Responsibility - Tuesday, May 14, at 2:00 pm ET


Challenge Conclusion with Eric Gurvis - Achdut/Unity - Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 pm ET

Deepen the Learning:

Dive deep into our weekly theme with thought-provoking essays featuring reflection questions, offering a transformative growth experience. In addition to or in place of the daily challenge, set a personal goal, identify barriers, and take practical steps toward achievement.

Share Your Journey: Reflect on your progress and share with the community. Sharing experiences fosters wisdom and mutual support on our paths of growth.

What goal have you set? Update us on your progress, accomplishments, and personal growth journey.

Please email your reflections to Helaine: helaine@mussarinstitute.org

Unlock an Extra Gift! 

Register for our Omer Challenge and receive Rabbi Eric Gurvis' weekly "Torah From a Mussar Perspective".

Elevate your spiritual journey with this enriching addition!

Sample Torah Portion