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The Three Weeks are those days between 17 Tamuz, when the walls around Yerushalaim were breached by Titus's army, and 9 Av, when the Bais Hamikdash was actually destroyed. It would have been a period of heavy fighting, more than just a siege. As to your second question: The Gemara (Tanis) doesn't mention a mourning period starting from 17 Tamuz. It's an ...


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Technically, the answer to your question can be "yes". That is it is a machlokes as to what exactly the mitzvah is. We can also say that the answer can be technically "no", in that it is not necessarily an "either or" situation. We basically treat it as a single mitzvah with 49 parts. That is, we say the mitzvah each day (even though we cannot be certain ...


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The Korban Omer, like any communal sacrifice, was brought from the community funds. The Korban HaOmer was brought on the sixteenth of Nissan. Sefirat HaOmer, a separate Mitzvah, applies for all seven weeks. The term 'Sefirat HaOmer' is not used in Vayikra (Leviticus); it probably came to be because the first day of the count is the day of the bringing of ...


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Rabbi Hershel Shechter quotes Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin who wrote in one of his essays that Rabi Akiva's students were in fact killed in the Bar Kochba revolt. The Talmud hid this fact by mentioning their cause of death as being something ridiculously impossible. Namely, how can Rabi Akiva who popularized loving one's fellow as much as himself, have all his ...


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This question is asked in Sefer Hachinuch (Mitsva 306): וזהו שאנו מונין לעמר, כלומר, כך וכך ימים עברו מן המנין ואין אנו מונין כך וכך ימים יש לנו לזמן,‏ Why we opted for counting from the omer, as if to say "so many days passed from the count". But we do not count "so many days until the time"? כי כל זה מראה לנו הרצון החזק להגיע אל הזמן, ועל ...


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In this newsletter, you will find a detailed discussion of the various viewpoints regarding what is prohibited during the Sefira. The discussion focuses on the activities that you mentioned, namely, shaving, haircuts, and listening to music. Every opinion that I have seen including Shulchan Aruch prohibits weddings (except for an "emergency such as if a ...


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Without providing a source for or an expounding of such a custom, the Wikipedia (Hebrew) article on Sefirat Ha'Omer states the following (my translation): לפי המסורת שהתורה ניתנה בחג השבועות יש מפרשים שימי ספירת העומר היו בתחילה ימי הכנה למתן תורה. בדומה לכך, יש הנוהגים להתכונן בימים אלו לקראת חג השבועות, על ידי תיקון המידות וכדומה. יש שאף חילקו את ...


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Rabbi Max Weiman, a student of Rabbi Noah Weinberg (who famously gave many lectures on the 48 Ways to acquire Wisdom), has a book correlating the 48 Ways to the 49 Middos/growth process of the Sefira. It is available for purchase here: http://www.amazon.com/48-Things-Days-Max-Weiman/dp/1568715692


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The omer count is 49 days (seven complete weeks) after the bringing of the omer. Thus, Shavuos is one day of the week later than the "shabbos" which begins the omer period. That is day 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 36, 43, 50 (Shavuos) of the omer are all on the same day of the week. Since the baisusim force the first day of the omer to be on the day that follows the ...


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This question is good. The study of this topic begin with a Mishna in Brachot. Time for Mincha and time for Arvit תְּפִלַּת הַמִּנְחָה עַד הָעֶרֶב. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר, עַד פְּלַג הַמִּנְחָה. תְּפִלַּת הָעֶרֶב אֵין לָהּ קֶבַע The Mishna shows that the end of the Mincha prayer for Rabbi Yehuda, comes before the night (1.1/4 hours before the ...


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In his Ha-Mo'adim Ba-Halakha, Rav Zevin discusses this question ("בגדר תמימות בספירת העומר")--if one knows that he will not be able to count one day during sefirah, does he start counting anyhow or not? (This would only be a question according to the Behag, who holds that if you miss one day you cannot continue counting, but according to all the rishonim who ...


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aish brings a number of interesting reasons for the number 50 based on R Yehoshua Hartman's book Jewish Wisdom in Numbers the historic event of the Exodus is mentioned in the Torah a total of 50 times in the singular form, the word Torah is said to occur 50 times in the Torah the Torah was given at the beginning of the 8th week after the Exodus. It taps ...


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In a Shi'ur I attended many years ago, Rav Binyamin Tabory of Yeshivat Har Etzion once expressed his opinion that the custom is to refrain from activities that are public experiences that enhance joy. To the extent that this is true, he felt that going to movies (which is something many people avoid during Sefirah) is perfectly acceptable from the Sefirah ...



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