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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 ...


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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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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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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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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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A large proportion of Ashenazim use a mourning period from the first day of Rosh Chodesh Iyar until the 3rd of Sivan (although Lag B'Omer itself is a "window", a one-day respite from mourning). This is in memory of the Crusades that happened during this period and in general affected Ashkenazi communities. Ashkenazim therefore also recite "Av Harachamim" ...


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Even though a Shofar is considered a musical instrument, and thus is forbidden to blow in Shabes (not allowed from Derabanan to prevent the situation where a person will fix the intrument), but there is no ground to deny blowing during Sfiras HaOmer sihce it is not "an act of joy" and like sad melodies are not forbidden in the three Bein ha-Metzarim weeks, ...



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