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Who invented the meditation that is often printed before such things as counting the 'Omer, inviting the Ushpizin, and other Mitzvoth or Mitzvah-related activities, and what is the basis for it?

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1…מקורות התפילה והפולמוס סביב אמירתה implies it was designed by – Double AA Apr 21 '13 at 22:19
@double aa, that was impressively fast. – Seth J Apr 21 '13 at 22:20
I checked it earlier before I wrote that no rishonim said it. always pays to double check before one claims something – Double AA Apr 21 '13 at 22:21
@DoubleAA, sounds like an answer.... – msh210 Apr 22 '13 at 5:20
I'm not so sure that it should be considered an invention, per se... – Adam Mosheh Dec 3 '13 at 22:11

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