Can one fulfill the mitzvah of counting the Omer by counting in a language that only he/she understands? What if a few people understand? An entire goup?

  • In massechet Sota, Mishnayot list kriot, if in Lashon Hakodesh or in Kol Lashon. here there is no reason to think that it might be in LHK. count is an action, not a lecture. – kouty May 5 '16 at 18:48
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    @Mordechai B. I'm assuming you mean, "If I say 'flippity floppity moozidie whatchit', and intend to be saying, 'Today is the thirteenth day, that is six days and a week, of the Omer', am I yotzei? – ephraim helfgot May 6 '16 at 0:15
  • I don't think one is required to say the count in Hebrew. From my recall, I think even sign-language (which some refer to as "remiza" - signaling) is a valid means of counting the Omer. – DanF May 6 '16 at 2:57
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    Take Elvish, for example. It's a very well-thought-out language, with an extensive vocabulary and grammar rules. Numerous people can speak Elvish. – Mithical Aug 1 '16 at 10:10

Lichorah this would have the same halacha as what is defined as a lashon in nedarim, so lashon ilgim, i.e. local slang dialects are ok, but anything less than that not.

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