From Readers



This book invites us to breathe air and taste the nectar of the holy, moving through multi-dimensional time, encountering the sacred in the daily. It can be read from one end or the other, offering for our delight, in the words of Gate 38, “a rainbow of colours, a delicious sip of possibilities”!

— Professor Dr. Ibrahim Farajajé, Provost and Professor of cultural studies and Islamic studies, Starr King/Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

The poetic images in Omer/Teshuvah are lovely and ‘meditation provoking’.  Through this series of short but powerful thought poems, Shifrah has opened a series of windows to our collective souls, as each of us walks the path of opening gates toward the Holy One of Blessing.

— Rabbi Min Kantrowitz, author of Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide

Shifrah’s poems for the days of Omer give new inspirational meaning to the passage between the liberation theme of Passover and the revelation theme of Shavuot. Raising up the motifs of each day and adding to our spiritual practice, this collection guides the reader from a mind-set of scarcity and tentative self-realization through the sea of distraction and self-doubt to a mountain of possibility and spiritual vibrancy. Read these and help make each day count!

— Rabbi Shawn Zevit, teacher, writer, musical artist, spiritual director, congregational consultant and social justice organizer

Each of the 49 gates of wisdom though which we walk during our seven-week journey from Pesach to Shavuot, and rather innovatively also during the seven weeks leading to Rosh HaShanah, are explored with poetic depth and insight by Shifrah Tobacman. Allow these daily gems to inform and enrich your pilgrimage!  You will not be disappointed!

Rabbi Marcia Prager, author of The Path of Blessing