What are the differences between the various Nuschaos in Sefiras Haomer (e.g. Ashkenaz says this, Sefard says that...)?


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To tie up everything that's been said (and more):

  • Nusach Ashkenaz generally say BaOmer at the end
  • Nusach Sefard generally say LaOmer at the end
  • Nusach of Sefardim (i.e. Edut Mizrach) say LaOmer before the weeks
  • Nusach of Teiman say the count like the Nusach of Sefardim, except they say it in Aramaic [and say baomer(?)]
  • I have seen (and not confirmed) that Nusach of Italian say the word LaOmer directly after Hayom

For example, on the 22nd day of the Omer:

  • Ashkenaz: הַיּוֹם שְׁנַיִם וְעֶשְׂרִים יוֹם שֶׁהֵם שְׁלֹשָׁה שָׁבוּעוֹת וְיוֹם אֶחָד בָּעֹמֶר
  • Sefard: הַיּוֹם שְׁנַיִם וְעֶשְׂרִים יוֹם שֶׁהֵם שְׁלֹשָׁה שָׁבוּעוֹת וְיוֹם אֶחָד לָעֹמֶר
  • Sefardi: הַיּוֹם שְׁנַיִם וְעֶשְׂרִים יוֹם לָעֹמֶר שֶׁהֵם שְׁלֹשָׁה שָׁבוּעוֹת וְיוֹם אֶחָד
  • Teiman: הַאידַּאנָא עַשׂרִין וּתרֵין יוֹמֵי בְּעֻמרָא, דְּאִנּוּן תְּלָתָא שָׁבוּעֵי וְחַד יוֹמָא
  • Italian: הַיּוֹם לָעֹמֶר שְׁנַיִם וְעֶשְׂרִים יוֹם שֶׁהֵם שְׁלֹשָׁה שָׁבוּעוֹת וְיוֹם אֶחָד

Also note: the Leshem Yichud also varies based on Nusach.

  • it varies even among Sefaradim because I believe there is Mahloket Rishonim whether Sefira nowadays is Deorayta or Derabanan. I believe Yalkut Yosef says not to say the Pasuk and the words "mitvat aseh deorayta" because he holds nowadays Derabanan. Dec 29, 2011 at 4:37
  • @H'Gabriel Thanks for that info. I was focusing on the "day" part of the nusach, though.
    – yydl
    Dec 29, 2011 at 4:43
  • Just wanted to bring that up Dec 29, 2011 at 4:45
  • @yydl, Bnei Ashkenaz (Germans) say la'omer instead of ba'omer, however the placement is identical to other Ashkenazi siddurim. May 28, 2014 at 18:50
  • @NoachmiFrankfurt Interesting. So I guess they follow Nusach Sefard with that respect?
    – yydl
    May 29, 2014 at 3:24

Nusach Sefard says La'Omer - Nusach Ashkenaz says Ba'Omer

Nusach Sefard says everything in the Siddur - Nusach Ashkenaz only the Beracha, day, and HaRachaman

  • Sefard meaning nusach sefard, or sefardim?
    – yydl
    Mar 23, 2011 at 0:25
  • In truth it is both. Based on the Arizal.
    – Yahu
    Mar 23, 2011 at 1:41
  • @Yahu's answer- with the exception of the Ashkenaz Artscroll which is partial to the Mishnah Berurah over mesorah!!!
    – YDK
    Mar 23, 2011 at 3:46
  • YDK you mean Gershon's answer which I edited.
    – Yahu
    Mar 24, 2011 at 8:19
  • Note the [old] Ashkenazi custom (eg. Tos Megillah 20b) is to say "Yehi Ratzon SheYibbaneh..." not "Harachaman". Saying "Harachaman" is a Sefardi thing.
    – Double AA
    Apr 27, 2017 at 21:08

In addition to the other differences noted in the other answer, my understanding is that S'faradim say laomer before the weeks' count ("shehem..."), and Ashk'nazim after it. (No source, but check your nearby S'faradi sidur. (I don't have one nearby at the moment.))


For a very nice synopsis of the history behind these versions, see this piece from R' Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger.


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