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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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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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The implication from Today is the square-root of 25th day of the omer is that any of the methods that you give will be the same as "today is". For example "Code of Jewish Law Ganzfried - Goldin, volume 3 page 52 chapter 120 number 3 (translation of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch). Thus, "tonight", "now", "It is", or any other method that expresses the current time, ...


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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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Based on the answer to the question Live Vs. Recorded Music during the Omer it seems that simply practicing to blow shofar would be permitted. If you plan on making lively music with a shofar then the Halacha may be more stringent, as the basis for no-music during the Omer comes from the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and Aruch Hashulchan that forbids dancing even ...


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See this article which seems to be a comprehensive summary (I know that's an oxymoron, but you can read the article, anyway ;-). In it, you'll find many cross-refs. The only permissions to shave are if it interferes with eating, as you mentioned, health reasons, and certain simchot where you are a "direct participant" e.g. your son is having a brit, you're ...


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I asked Rav Chizkiyahu Nevenzahl shlit"a current Chief Rabbi of the old city in Jerusalem this very question. He answered that it is permitted to listen to classical music in the background to facilitate the work your area doing. He also made a point of mentioning that listening to Accapela is forbidden and is considered worse than classical music despite it ...



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