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About Counting the Omer

Rabbi Krustofski - On the second day of Passover in ancient times, our ancestors brought the first sheaf of barley (amounting to a measure called "an omer") reaped that season as an offering to God. From that day, they began counting the 49 days to Shavuot, when they would celebrate the beginning of the wheat harvest by offering loaves made of the first wheat. Even after the Temple was destroyed and offerings were no longer brought, they continued to count the days from Passover to Shavuot in accordance with the biblical injunction (Lev. 23:15).

In this way our ancestors linked Passover and Shavuot as occasions for thanking God for the fruits of the field. We, too, thank God for the renewal of life which nature proclaims at this season.

However, as Passover and Shavuot acquired historical significance, their linkage through the counting of the intervening days took on new meaning. Passover celebrates the liberation from Egypt, and Shavuot celebrates the receiving of Torah at Sinai. By counting the omer, we symbolically connect liberation with the idea of Torah.

Counting the omer is an exercise in the discipline of mindfulness. Counting each of the days of the omer reminds us that all of our days are numbered, and it is our responsibility to make each day count.

The Counting Ritual  (D'ohs and Donuts)

Each evening, while standing, one first recites the blessing for the mitzvah of counting, and then declares the number of days and weeks of the omer count. Traditionally, if one forgets to count at night (D'oh!), the count may be made the next day without a blessing. One then resumes the regular count that evening. If, however, one skips an entire day, then orthodox practice is to continue counting until Shavuot, without the blessing (but see this).

Rabbi, I lost track of what day of the omer it isHow To Use This Site

The Homer Calendar can guide you through the counting of the omer in three ways:

        1) You can click on each of the individual days in the calendar below to see the blessing and count for that day. Remember, however, Jewish "days" start in the evening, so one shouldn't count the omer for a day in the calendar until after sundown on that date.

        2) You can click on each of the weeks in the far left column below to open a two-page document (pdf format) you can print out and post on your refrigerator or whatever (mmmm.... refrigerator). These pages have the blessing and the count for each day of the omer in that week.

        3) You can view and print out a one-page pdf Homer Calendar with the count for each day of the omer for this year by clicking here.

Check out our extras and links below for more information and activities.

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Click the links in this column to get the printable weekly calendar  

Sunday evening (through Monday)

Monday evening (through Tuesday)

Tuesday evening (through Wednesday)

Wednesday evening (through Thursday)

Thursday evening (through Friday)

Friday evening (through Shabbat)

Saturday evening (through Sunday)

April 2017
Week of
April 11

April 11 eve.

Omer 1
16 Nisan

2nd Seder

April 12 eve.

Omer 2
17 Nisan

April 13 eve.

Omer 3
18 Nisan

April 14 eve.

Omer 4
19 Nisan

April 15 eve.

Omer 5
20 Nisan

Week of
April 16
April 16 eve.

Omer 6
21 Nisan

7th Day Pesach

April 17 eve.

Omer 7
22 Nisan

8th Day Pesach

April 18 eve.

Omer 8
23 Nisan

April 19 eve.

Omer 9
24 Nisan

April 20 eve.

Omer 10
25 Nisan

April 21 eve.

Omer 11
26 Nisan

April 22 eve.

Omer 12
27 Nisan

Week of
April 23
April 23 eve.

Omer 13
28 Nisan

Yom Ha'shoah

April 24 eve.

Omer 14
29 Nisan

April 25 eve.

Omer 15
30 Nisan

Rosh Hodesh

April 26 eve.

Omer 16
1 Iyyar

Rosh Hodesh

April 27 eve.

Omer 17
2 Iyyar

April 28 eve.

Omer 18
3 Iyyar

April 29 eve.

Omer 19
4 Iyyar

Week of
April 30
April 30 eve.

Omer 20
5 Iyyar

Yom Hazikaron

May 2017
Week of
April 30
May 1 eve.

Omer 21
6 Iyyar

Yom Ha'atzmaut

May 2 eve.

Omer 22
7 Iyyar

May 3 eve.

Omer 23
8 Iyyar

May 4 eve.

Omer 24
9 Iyyar

May 5 eve.

Omer 25
10 Iyyar

May 6 eve.

Omer 26
11 Iyyar

Week of May 7 May 7 eve.

Omer 27
12 Iyyar

May 8 eve.

Omer 28
13 Iyyar

May 9 eve.

Omer 29
14 Iyyar

May 10 eve.

Omer 30
15 Iyyar

May 11 eve.

Omer 31
16 Iyyar

May 12 eve.

Omer 32
17 Iyyar

May 13 eve.

Omer 33
18 Iyyar

Lag B'Omer

Week of
May 14
May 14 eve.

Omer 34
19 Iyyar

May 15 eve.

Omer 35
20 Iyyar

May 16 eve.

Omer 36
21 Iyyar

May 17 eve.

Omer 37
22 Iyyar

May 18 eve.

Omer 38
23 Iyyar

May 19 eve.

Omer 39
24 Iyyar

May 20 eve.

Omer 40
25 Iyyar

Week of
May 21
May 21 eve.

Omer 41
26 Iyyar

May 22 eve.

Omer 42
27 Iyyar

May 23 eve.

Omer 43
28 Iyyar

Yom Yerushalyim

May 24 eve.

Omer 44
29 Iyyar

May 25 eve.

Omer 45
1 Sivan

Rosh Hodesh

May 26 eve.

Omer 46
2 Sivan

May 27 eve.

Omer 47
3 Sivan

Week of
May 28
May 28 eve.

Omer 48
4 Sivan

May 29 eve.

Omer 49
5 Sivan



Krusty walks through Springfield's Lower East Side
From Temple Beth Springfield to the Springfielder Shvitz,
the Jews of Springfield have a proud heritage.

Click to see the photo essay / slide show, "Jewish Life in Springfield"

Expanded and updated for 2017

(All pictures original, unedited frames from Simpsons episodes)

Krusty is guided at his Bar Mitzvah by his father, Rabbi Krustofski Hey Hey Hey!
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About this site and links to more about the Simpsons & Jews, and the Omer

Thanks to Howard Cooper for the original idea. Also thanks to our original host, the departed, and its publisher, solar energy pioneer and Jewish peoplehhood promoter, Yosef Abramowitz.

Now in our 18th year, this site was created by Brian P. Rosman (email:, with help from Aviva and Yonah Rosman and Rabbi Barbara Penzner. When we started, we got a "cease and desist" order from Fox, claiming a copyright violation. Interestingly, the letter was dated on Shavuot, reminding us of the old joke about the judge giving someone 8 days to take down an illegal sukkah. We wrote back, claiming a "fair use," and haven't heard anything since.

We've had some interesting press coverage since we started in 2000. The Boston Jewish Advocate did the first feature story on the site, and we were reviewed early on in the Jerusalem Report, Jerusalem Post (twice!), and the old USA Jewish webzine (calling us "the Web's coolest religious Jewish site"). In 2005 the New York Jewish Week published an article about us and then in 2012 we were covered in their tech blog. The 2005 story led to a bizarre interview on Washington DC's Sunday morning Jewish radio show, "Awake, Alive and Jewish" (click here to listen [mp3]). We also got the OU (Orthodox Union) hechsher of approval - read their supportive yet cautionary review in the OU's Jewish Action magazine. We were "Web Site of the Week" on (before it became dormant), and were named a "Top Site" in March 2002 by the Jewish Agency. We had a coverage bonanza in 2017, when The Jewniverse, wrote warmly about us; then Tablet Magazine published a detailed Simpsons-fan oriented interview; and then right afterwards The Forward ran a short piece, mostly drawing from the Tablet article. All of the press articles about the site are available here.

All things Jewish and Simpsons

Who Jew?: We must acknowledge upfront that Homer himself is not Jewish, although he isn't sure about it (despite an imprinted kippah was found in Homer's pocket, and they have a menorah in their closet, and he frequently attends synagogue). Moreover, traditional writers have used Homer as a foil, demonstrating the opposite of what a Jewish man should be ( "What kind of man does a woman really want? Hint: It's not Homer Simpson.").

Homer's figured out he wasn't Jewish in 1995, after the family sees the Rappin' Rabbis on TV, who sing, "Don't eat pork, not even with a fork - Can't touch this!" (YouTube clip). This leads Homer to ask, "Marge, are we Jewish?" You won't believe in what happens next:

Though Homer's not one of us, the now defunct Hipster Jew site had a great summary of all the Jewish characters in the show, including some questionable, but totally defensible, honorary Jews (and see this exhaustive Simpsons Wiki list), including, ahem, Jesus Christ. The Jewish Week also compiled their top 5 Jewy moments of the show, in Meet the Simpsteins. Writing in the Forward in 2014, Simpsons/Jews guru Mark Pinsky concludes, "For 25 Years, The Simpsons Have Been Good for the Jews." Along the same vein, a shrei-out to Robert Schneider at, who compiled this exploration of the characters' Jewishness: The Simpsons, Jewish?

The Jewiest Jew who is a regular on the show is, of course, Krusty the Clown. Krusty's yiddishkeit was emes on display in a December 2016 episode. He's sick in the hospital, talking to his daughter, Sophie:

Krusty: The whole megillah is a big tzimmes
Sophie: Tzimmes? Megillah?
Krusty: It's Yiddish, the language of our fakakta people
Sophie: Mom raised me Christian
Krusty: A Christian! Oh, the farbissina shiksa! How can you ignore the sacred traditions of the Jewish people?
Nurse (bringing in a sandwich): Krusty, here's your bacon, lobster and treif sandwich. (see picture here)
Krusty: Hey! It was supposed to come with a side of camel, extra cloven!

Baruch Leitzan Emet: The Sept. 28, 2014 season premiere episode, titled "Clown in the Dumps" (wiki summary), tells of the death of Rabbi Krustofski, Krusty the Clown's father (you may be able to watch it all here on the Fox site). Jewlarious has some highlights:

as did ET:

And here's a quick clip of the Rabbi's funeral choir, singing, "He fought, and fought, and fought, for Jewish rights" to the tune of the Itchy and Scratchy theme:

Fans were on edge before it aired, as Simpsons showrunner Al Jean had dropped hints that someone was going to die to start the season. We knew it would be one of ours when they released this kippah-laden promotional graphic. Before it aired, Heeb Magazine had worried that maybe it was Krusty himself who was off to the world to come. The Rabbi was voiced for years by Jackie Mason. Afterwards, Jean confirmed that the possibility was still open for Mason to reprise his role as Rabbi Krustofski in dreams or flashbacks.

The rabbi's death was big news in the both the Jewish and non-Jewish world, prompting major headlines and obituaries, with some Yiddishkeit snuck in, like Time Magazine ("Fans of The Simpsons will be sitting shiva tonight"), the English feed of Israel Broadcasting, or Ha'aretz's JTA story ("For diehard Jewish fans of "The Simpsons," a Mourner's Kaddish will be in order at this weekend's Yom Kippur services"); Tablet also thought a Kaddish might be recited). The character's death also played big in the UK, in part because of a campaign in 2012 to have Rabbi K selected as chief Rabbi of Britain, with its own Facebook page and (still active) Twitter feed. So Krustofski's death was covered big (Click here for the UK Jewish Telegraph's spread, and here to see the obit in the London Jewish Chronicle).

The episode is full of Jewishy humor, and some meaning. Krusty dreams of Jewish Heaven, where even Portnoy has no complaints. There, lumberjacks cut down slices from the Kosher pickle forest, and there's free egg creams at Ebbets Field where the Brooklyn Dodgers play the NY Giants. At the Oys 'R' Us store (see it here), a sign says, "The whole store is a complaint department." Meanwhile, people line up at the Joe Lieberman Presidential Library.

Krusty's heavenly reverie is interrupted by his father, looking Moses-like. "Schmuk," he calls out. "There's no Jewish heaven. Our faith teaches us that once you're dead, that's it. Kaput. It's dark, it's cold, it's like that apartment we lived in before I started doing weddings. Go back to earth! Do something with your life! Help people!"

Temple Beth Western Suddenly, everyone in the shul was Jewish Homer naps during the funeral service

In the episode, we also see a new Springfield synagogue, Temple Beth Western, with its own choir, and a very authentic-looking shiva. The episode ended with a klezmer version of the closing theme music. Later, in December 2014, during the opening credits sequence for the Christmas show, the scene pans across the Jews of Springfield eating Chinese food. Hovering behind them are the ghosts of Rabbi Krustofski and Joan Rivers (click to see it).

Jackie Mason returned as Rabbi K in a December, 2016 episode (watch it), where a vision of the Rabbi's ghost as a snowman talked to Krusty after he was pulled frozen from an icy river. Krusty was in the water to be baptized, but then he was treated by an Orthodox Jewish ambulance service (you gotta see it here). Afterwards, in the episode's epilogue, the Christian God and Jewish God sit in lounge chairs in heaven, and discuss Krusty's soul (see them here). The Jewish God says, "Sorry about Krusty, but he's still on Team Hanukkah." But the Christian God responds,"Um, I hate to win on a technicality, but he was under the water. That's a baptism."

And speaking of Rabbi K z"l, an October 2016 episode included a Jewish funeral scene (see it here). In the background is Rabbi Krustosky's (with a y) grave (also shown are graves inscribed, "OY," "At least I'm off my feet," "You call these flowers?" and "Rich Jewish Texan"). During the funeral, the rocks left by mourners on top of the Rabbi's grave are used to throw at Mr. Burns (picture).

"Shalom is the aloha of this place" - Marge.   The March 28, 2010, episode, titled, The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed, featured the Simpsons going to Israel (maybe watch the episode here; some other links: Wikipedia episode summary; Beliefnet review ("Israel has survived a great many things - and last night, the country survived the arrival of the Simpsons"); Heeb's and Ma'ariv's take; and a Jewish content summary from LA's Jewish Journal GeekHeeb blog).


The episode featured Sacha Baron Cohen as an Israeli tour guide, and singer Yael Naim as his neice and tour security guard. There are elderly American Jewish tourists (see very short clip), and the Israeli scenes are almost all in Jerusalem, and feature accurate depictions of the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Dome of the Rock. Meanwhile, Krusty slips away to visit the "Gaza Strip Club." There were lots of obvious sight gags, a long stream of Hebrew invective from Cohen (was this the longest bloc of Hebrew in American prime time ever?), and a fair amount of Simpsons schmaltz.

                    to Israel -- Your American Tax Dollars At Work Bart riding
                    skateboard on top of Kotel Reformers - robots reading Torah

Even before the show aired, groups started weighing in, opining on the deeper meanings. The American Family Association, a far-right Christian group, called on Fox to pull the "horrific" episode they hadn't seen: "As Christians we are appalled.... This animated program has gone from inappropriate, to crude, to now offensive.... Families should not be exposed to this toxic poison." Meanwhile, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal–The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, waxed incoherently: "These journeys can remind they wake up our angels, such as our need to unify as Homer has, but also our ugliest demons, like suddenly thinking you're the Messiah. It reminds us that Jerusalem is important to lots of people and lots of traditions. If it weren't, the Simpsons couldn't use it as a spot for their journey of self-discovery." Worst was an anti-Israel blogger who attacked the unseen episode for showing Israelis as humans (really: "The Simpsons prepares to jump the shark in an orgy of Jewish self-congratulations (with no reference whatsoever to 'politics'). On the hasbara bandwagon, making monsters look like human beings.").

Rabbi Krustofski, voiced by Jackie Mason, popped up frequently in the last few years before his death episode. In the Halloween 2011 Treehouse of Horror episode, Bart (as the alien in an Avatar parody) engages in his first intergalactic sex. Rabbi K floats by in Bart's mind's eye and proclaims, "Today, you are a man. Mazel Tov!" Mason also had brief cameos in December 2011, and the series' 500th episode, aired in February 2012.

In January, 2010, Rabbi Krustofski appeared in an episode with an intermarriage theme (Forward commentary). It was the most-watched episode in 5 years. In the show, Krusty is set to marry a non-Jewish princess. His Rabbi/father starts the wedding under a chuppah with real Hebrew blessings (see picture), but is not happy. Bart interferes with the wedding, but they get together in the end anyway, with Krusty declaring, "I'd rather be a happy schnook than a noble shlumpf." The most bizarre image was Mr. Teeny, Krusty's chimpanzee, who was locked in the "Torah Room" by Bart. The monkey is seen rolling out the Torah scrolls with glee (click for picture, and click on picture again and again for two more frames), which kinda offended at least a few frum folks.

Watch the clip here:

Previously, the release in 2007 of The Simpsons Movie prompted the Jewish Outreach Institute to suggest using the film to somehow "encourage participation in Jewish community." They even recommend using the Hebrew-dubbed version released in Israel (Jersualem Post: Eat my 'tachtonim'?) for an introductory Hebrew course.

The 2006 Treehouse of Horror Halloween episode included a Jewish-themed segment titled You Gotta Know When to Golem, featuring the legendary Golem of Prague (synopsis here, and see pictures from the episode), voiced by Richard Lewis, who eventually marries a female monster, voiced by a grating Fran Drescher, in a Jewish ceremony presided over by Rabbi K (see chuppah picture). As Krusty described him, the Golem is "the legendary defender of the Jews, like Alan Dershowitz, but with a conscience." Serious Jews began right away dissecting the meaning of the episode, mostly deciding it was Bad. For. The. Jews. The culture critics at Tablet/Nextbook, the popular webzine Jewcy ("Why the Golem Episode of the Simpsons Was So God-Awful: A Close Reading") and the Jewish Outreach Institute objected to the stereotypes and cheap gags. The exception was the multi-religious site Beliefnet, which praises Fox for exposing another generation to the Golem tale. There's no question about that; internet searches for the term "golem" soared following the show.

Bully Pulpit: In 2005 we learned that Dolph, the short and quiet bully, is Jewish. After convincing Milhouse that cool kids ride their bikes with their eyes closed (Milhouse gets hit by a train), Dolph whips a tallit and kippah out of his pocket, puts them on (picture), and exclaims, "I'm outta here. I've got Hebrew school." He chants "Baruch atah adonai, eloheinu melech ha-olam," with decent pronunciation, as he walks away. No Jewish authorities opined on any deeper meaning, however. In an episode the next year, Dolph reveals that they went to the Clam-Elot Seafood Restaurant after his "just family" Bar Mitzvah.

A-dolt Bar Mitzvah: In December 2003, Fox broadcast an episode with a mostly Jewish theme, titled "Today, I Am A Clown" (watch it here; complete show in screengrabs, with the script, wikipedia entry, detailed fan dissecton and commentary, and script). Krusty's Bar Mitzvah had Mr. T helping ("I pity the shul that won't let Krusty in now"), and we learned that Springfield has a Jewish Walk of Fame, that Krusty's full name is Herschel Pinkus Yerucham Krustofski, and that Lisa has a Jewish imaginary friend ("Her name is Rachel Cohen. And she just got into Brandeis.") (And, Jewish imaginary friend Rachel shows up again in 2016's Treehouse of Horror Halloween episode, where Lisa imagines being a bridesmaid at Rachel's Jewish wedding, to a unicorn, under a chuppah, with a teddy-bear rabbi (see it here)).

We also saw lots of Springfield's lower east side, the Jewish part of town:
Krusty walks through Springfield's Lower East Side

Krusty announces on his show that he's Jewish, puts on a kippah, and shows an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon about circumcision, titled "A Briss Before Dying" (see it all here).

At the televised Bar Mitzvah service, "Krusty the Klown's Wet 'n' Wild Bar Mitzvah," (watch it here) the Beach Boys Experience sing, to the tune of Kokomo, this: (listen here)

Mezuzah, menorah,
Reading from the Torah.
Pastrami, knishes,
On two sets of dishes.
A church with no steeple,
For God's chosen people.

Read a Jewishy review here. You can hear some soundclips from the episode here and see lots of images here.

The episode, written by Joel Cohen, won the Jewish Image Excellence Award award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Los Angeles Entertainment Industry Council. At the awards ceremony, Laraine Newman said that not since "Bam-Bam's bris" on the "Flintstones" had Judaism played such a role in an animated series. Writing in the Jewish Week, Rabbi Joshua Hammerman saw Krusty's Bar Mitzvah as a turning point - "the proverbial tipping point when all of America became Jewish."

My jaw dropped when I saw this. I'm more than a casual watcher of "The Simpsons" (principally because just about every bar mitzvah student is able to quote it chapter and verse), so when I tuned in I was expecting the same old shtick for Krusty's bar mitzvah — an updated version of the excesses of "Goodbye Columbus." It started out that way, but ended up with Krusty headed on a serious Jewish journey.

The Jazz Zinger: The first and greatest Jewish-themed episode aired in the third season, in 1991. The episode, titled "Like Father, Like Clown," (watch it here; Wiki entry; some sounds; and images), reveals that Krusty is Jewish, and introduces his father, Rabbi Krustofski. The Rabbi is voiced by Jackie Mason, who won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his performance as Rabbi Krustofski. Watch some of it here:

Two rabbis assisted with the script, Lavi Meier and Harold M. Schulweis, and it shows, with some serious real rabbinics slipped into the story. This led Rabbi/Lawyer Noah Gradofksy to create a "The Simpsons Talmud page." He turned the Jewish content of the episode into into a full Talmud page in Hebrew and Aramaic, with Rashi and Tosafot too (see this pdf for the real thing). It's all translated and explained, and is truly brilliant. See this article from the NJ Jewish News for more on the episode.

Florida journalist Mark I. Pinsky has some Jewish musings in his book, The Gospel According to The Simpsons. The book examines the role religion plays in The Simpsons, and includes a detailed discussion of the Simpsons and the Jews. Pinsky identifies what he calls an "underlying element of what might be called 'crypto-Judaism'" permeating the show (click here to read an excerpt from quoting, well, me). In 2007, Moment magazine published his article, Do You Know This Family?, which sees the Simpsons' Springfield as a modern-day Chelm, and Krusty, despite having worked 5 shows on the Yom Kippur that Sandy Koufax sat out (he also lost $10,000 betting on the Dodgers that day), as embodying the American Jewish experience. He continued his thoughts in the Forward in 2014, "For 25 Years, The Simpsons Has Been Good For the Jews."

Richard Kalman and Josh Belkin see more than echoes of crypto-Judaism in the show; they propose that the Simpsons are Sephardic crypto-Jews themselves. The show "displays a knowledge of the Sephardic tradition that would make Rabbi Moses ben Maimon blush." Read their detailed, engrossing article, Sephardic Tradition and "The Simpsons" Connections. For years, Jewish teachers have been using the Simpsons to sell their Jewish content. For example, Sinai Temple in Los Angeles had a Torah study class that watched 10 Simpsons episodes "as a springboard for deeper discussions on Jewish beliefs and values," and Limmud London included a session, The Wisdom of the Simpsons: Learning Jewish Values from our Favourite Animated Family ("You've heard of Pirkei Avot; now it's time to study Pirkei Simpsons"). We heard a few years back from the educator at the New North London Synagogue, who was using the Calendar with her 5th graders, and also has a Simpsons mock seder, acts out the weekly Torah portion Simpsons style, and has the students discuss how Bart and Lisa would have reacted to Egyptian slavery. Or for the more traditional, Rabbi Uri C. Cohen of Princeton has given a talk called "Religion and the Simpsons: HaDat vehaD'oh!" And try listening to this 2003 shiur titled "Simpsons in Halakha" by Orthodox Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman.

Jewish Simpsons producer Mike Reiss ("I'm not gay, but I'm Jewish, which is basically the same. Both gays and Jews have been persecuted for centuries -- by their mothers.") says his Jewish talk is his favorite. He's always on the circuit, for example in Denver, Southeast Virginia and Tucson Jewish Film Festivals. He's even talked about Simpsons and the Jews in Mumbai, Singapore, Macao and Chile. In 2004, he gave the Irving Blum Memorial Seminar at the Pikesville, MD, Beth Tfiloh Synagogue. This prompted an angry letter to the editor objecting to "promoting 'The Simpsons' vulgar attitudes in shul." You, too can book Reiss to speak, via the Jewish Speakers Bureau. Check out his history of Moses on The Simpsons, on page 7 of their Haggadah supplement.

Of course, if you want vulgar, there are the Simpsons-themed "Bart" Mitzvahs ("the clever decor featured bright cartoon colors, a Mo's tavern airbrushed backdrop behind the bar, a Simpson's living room backdrop for photos with lifesized figures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and the baby, and mountains of frosted donuts on the sweet table"). The ultra-fancy Tavern on the Green hosted one; see some pictures), and some more with the centerpieces, cake ("fondant remote controls, frothy mugs, cans of "Duff" root beer, and donuts covered each of the tiers") and fake Moe's Tavern set-up. The Bar Mitzvah boy can wear this hideous t-shirt, and for the service you can always order a Simpsons kippah (embossed, painted, or weird or weirder, or Bucharian weirder), and at kiddush serve a custom Mazel tov blackboard gag cake, or character cookies.

I fell in love with our favorite mishpacha in Israel, where the show was a big hit for years. Unfortunately, things did not go as well for the show in the Arab world, or in Iran. What's worse, in 2014, Egyptian TV reported on the strange "Zionist plot," where a 2001 Simpsons episode magically inspired or predicted the Syrian opposition that arose 10 years later (lots more bizarre details in this NY Times story).

The Simpsons Collectible Card set included a nice Rabbi Krustofski card (click to see it). But fans were very disappointed when the Playmates toy company canceled their planned Rabbi Krustofski action figure. Playmates had produced a prototype (with a Torah accessory!) and started promoting the figure, with Jackie Mason providing the built-in voice. But it was shelved, supposedly due to Mason's worry that it would be seen as offensive. Fans were so disappointed that some put together amazing home-made versions.

About Counting the Omer" adapted from the Reconstructionist prayerbook series, Kol Haneshamah.

In 2013, then Huffington Post religion editor Josh Fleet curated an expansive omer liveblog throughout the 7 weeks with a wealth of interesting material. For some more on counting the omer, follow these links:

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