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There was a korban omer even during shemitah. (Otherwise, how could one have eaten from chodosh in chutz la'aretz?) It came ideally from the "sefiach" (self-seeded produce); though if that wasn't available, it was imported from Suryah, or, if still necessary, planted in Israel and offered on the Altar (but not eaten by the priests). As such, all the related ...


Second Rashi Pesachim 37a quoting Menachos 27a says that they were not allowed to be Chametz. Thanks to Rabbi David Lau for this answer.

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