Questions tagged [sefirat-ha-omer]

the mitzva (command) to count the forty-nine days from Pesach (Passover) to Shavuos (Pentecost)

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Blessing or no blessing before counting the Omer?

When you count the Omer during Maariv, you can say the blessing that precedes the count only if you have not missed a day of counting. If you missed a day, you can say Amen to the blessing said by ...
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Origin of counting Omer according to the Sephirot?

What is the origin of the association of each day of the Omer with a particular pair of Sephirot (Hesed sh'b'Hesed, etc.)? I'm looking for the earliest textual mentions.
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What is the practical use of the words and letters corresponding to the omer count?

I understand the daily and weekly sefiros combinations that are mentioned in the Ribbono Shel Olam prayer and relate to the process of refinement on the way to Shavuos. To a large extent these are ...
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Did R' Akiva's students die in one year?

שנים עשר אלף זוגים תלמידים היו לו לרבי עקיבא מגבת עד אנטיפרס וכולן מתו בפרק אחד מפני שלא נהגו כבוד זה לזה Rabbi Akiva had twelve thousand pairs of students in an area of land that stretched from ...
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Converting in the middle of the omer [duplicate]

If a non-Jew converts in the middle of the omer, would they count the omer that night with a bracha?
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Why must we stand when counting the Omer?

The Rambam (Hilchos Temidim U'Mussafin, 7:23) says that we must stand when counting the Omer. The כסף משנה (s.v. "ואין מונין אלא מעומד וכו") writes that the reason we must stand is based on a limud: ...
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Connection between Yovel and Shavuos?

Both Yovel and Shavuos are the fiftieth after a cycle of 7 sets of 7 (7 Shmittas, each 7 years/ 7 weeks each 7 days) and both are after “Shabbos” - we start counting the Omer “after Shabbos”, so ...
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Why couldn't the Sefira have been corrected?

I read the discussion to Counting the omer with doubt before the fixed calendar. A comment by user ID "Shmuel" says: "Rav Soloveitchik said this is a very nice reason, but he disagreed with it. ...
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Are computer-generated vocals permissible during Sefirah and the Three Weeks?

According to those traditions which prohibit music during the Three Weeks and parts of Sefirah, but permit a capella, would listening to computer-generated vocals be permissible during Sefirah? Is the ...
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What is halachically considered an instrument for the purposes of Sefirah and the Three Weeks?

It's commonly practiced to avoid music during at least part of Sefirah and the entirety of the Three Weeks. Many of those who hold of this stringency also hold that certain types of a capella are ...
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Why are the days of sefiras haomer counted at the beginning but the weeks at the end?

When counting sefiras haomer, we count the number of the day we are about to start but the number of the week we have most recently completed. For example, on the first day we say "today is one day" ...
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Saying the blessing before counting the Omer

If you have counted the Omer every night but did not say the blessing can you start to say the blessing now?
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Saying the right thing then saying the wrong thing toch kedai dibur

Someone counts the correct day of Sefiras HaOmer but then thinks he made a mistake, so he immediately "corrects" himself and counts the wrong day. Does his second (incorrect) counting, which was made ...
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What's preferable: to count Sefiras Haomer right at nightfall by oneself OR to count later with a minyan?

I've heard opinions (including The Shulchan Aruch Harav- see footnote #12) that one should always try to count the Sefira within the first half hour of the night, and the earlier the better. BUT if ...
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Breaking an Omer restriction

In a hypothetical case, I have chosen to observe the restrictions of the Omer during the "first half." But then, I am placed in a situation at which happy live music is being played. Does my presence ...
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Are there any halakhic issues with watching television or youtube videos during sefiras haomer?

I am aware that the minhag is often to abstain from going to the cinema, but does this have any halakhic basis. If so, does the prohibition extend to other video forms
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Why do we count Sefirah cardinally rather than ordinally?

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 489:1) rules as follows: כיצד ביום הראשון אומר היום יום אחד (בעומר) עד שמגיע לשבעה ימים ואז יאמר היום שבעה ימים שהם שבוע אחד (בעומר) וביום שמיני אומר היום שמונה ימים שהם שבוע ...
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How do we know that ממחרת השבת means from the first day of Pesach and not the seventh?

How do we know that ממחרת השבת means from the first day of Pesach and not the seventh? Don't they both deserve to be called שבת?
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Would one fulfill Sefiras HaOmer by counting downwards (49-1)? [duplicate]

(following up from a previous question) If one counted Sefiras Haomer downwards, for example: Today is 49 days, which is 7 weeks to the Omer... Today is 48 days, which is 6 weeks and 6 days ...
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Why do we count up (1-49) instead of counting down (49-1)? [duplicate]

I've heard an answer that makes a comparison to the reasoning for why we light Channukah candles upwards (1-8) from Shabbat 21b: מעלין בקדש ואין מורידין "we go up in holiness and don't ...
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Why is counting the omer not in all haggadot?

We count the first day of the omer on the night of the second seder, yet some prominent, traditional haggadot do not include the bracha for counting (e.g., ArtScroll, Koren, Steinsaltz). Why not?
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Music during sefirah and “exemptions” [duplicate]

There's a common custom that people do not listen to music during 33 days of the Omer. There are also two customs as to when these days begin: From the 2nd day of Pesach until Lag Ba'omer or From ...
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Sefardi Keeping Second half of Sefirah

The Shulchan Aruch writes that one should not get married between Pesach and Shavuos until Lag B’Omer; likewise regarding haircuts, since then the Talmidim of Rabbi Akiva stopped dying. Therefore, one ...
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Sfirat haomer - Days or weeks

Is there a separate mitzvah aside from counting the days to count the weeks of sfirah as well? If there is a mitzvah to count the weeks - if a person skipped a day and was thus unable to continue ...
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Rashbi's generation was completely righteous, so why were they killed?

In the midrash Rabbah for Bereishis 35:2, as well as other tradition, it is noted that there were no rainbows in the generation of Rashbi because the generation was completely righteous. However, I ...
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Are you allowed to buy clothing, electronics and personal things during Sefira for Sephardim?

Are you allowed to buy clothing, electronics and personal things during Sefira for Sephardim?
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Sefira - plural or singular

Why when we count the Omer, according to the ArtScroll Siddur, for days 2 - 10, we use the plural ימים, however, from day 11 and on, we switch to the singular and say יום - for example: היום שלשה עשר ...
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Sefirah prohibitions

When did the Jews first observe laws of mourning over the death of Rabbi Akiva's students? Did it commence the first year after the death of the students or was it instituted at a later period in ...
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Shaving during Sefirah

I am very confused about the prohibition of shaving. The Shulchan Aruch uses the term "L'histaper" which means cutting hair. There is no term "giluach", or shaving, used by either the Shulchan Aruch ...
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why no sfeika deyoma for sfiras haomer? [duplicate]

Most or all Jewish holidays have an extra day in the Diaspora, to accomodate for sfeike deyoma, so why do we not count two numbers each day of sfira?
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Putting sefiras haomer in nirtzah

Some haggados print sefiras haomer for the second night (outside Israel) at some point in Nirtzah, for people who didn't already count during Maariv. I've seen it after חסל סדור פסח, after אדיר הוא, ...
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May a Non Jew count the Omer?

May a non Jew count the Omer? May he count if he is in the process of converting? If he May does he count with blessing or without?
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Why do we choose to mourn over celebrate during the omer?

It seems like this time would be a time of singing and dancing as we count to shavuot. Why does the mourning of Rabbi Akiva's students trump the celebration of the coming shavuot holiday?
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Counting Sefiras Haomer in the Bathroom

If one is (stuck) in a bathroom with a short amount of time left until sunset, and realizes that he has not yet counted Sefirah for that day, and will not be out of the bathroom before sunset, may he ...
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Giving haircuts during Sefira

There is a widespread minhag not to take haircuts during Sefira, in a way to mourn the students of Rabbi Akiva who died. Would I be allowed to give another Jew (who didn't have the minhag or is ...
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How did the Boethusians linked the morrow after the Shabat with the Shabat Chol HaMoed Pesach?

In Menachot 65a-66a (according to the Sefaria translation): The Boethusians say, Shavuot falls on a Sunday [because they hold that "the day after the Shabbat" refers to the Sunday after Shabbat Chol ...
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What are the Incomplete Shabbats that Vayikra 23:15 talking about?

Vayikra 23:15 talks about complete/perfect (תמימת) Shabbats. וּסְפַרְתֶּ֤ם לָכֶם֙ מִמָּֽחֳרַ֣ת הַשַּׁבָּ֔ת מִיּוֹם֙ הֲבִ֣יאֲכֶ֔ם אֶת־עֹ֖מֶר הַתְּנוּפָ֑ה שֶׁ֥בַע שַׁבָּת֖וֹת תְּמִימֹ֥ת תִּֽהְיֶֽינָה׃...
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Early shabbos during sefira

The Taz O.C. 494:1 says that one shouldn't daven Maariv early on the night of Shavuos, because otherwise you're shortening the sefira from having 49 complete days. The Pri Megadim there explains the ...
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Repeating Sefiras Haomer the Next Day

I have noticed in some Shuls the Congregants repeat the counting of the Omer by day time (without a Brocha). What is the source to do this? Is this done as a precaution just in case one forgot to ...
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why don't we count the fiftieth day of sefira with a brocha? [duplicate]

It's a famous question but I'd like hear all different answers. The pasuk says תספרו חמישים יום, yet we only really count 49. Why?
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Counting sefirah in Welsh?

The Welsh word for "week" is wythnos, which means eight nights. This is because they count seven days, plus the six nights between them, and the one before and the one after. Can someone who speaks ...
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Yom Yerushalayim and the seven weeks of sefira

Commentators in many places have discussed the spiritual ascent that is associated with the seven weeks of sefira, from the time an offering of barley (representing animal feed) is brought, right ...
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We do not bring the omer offering, so why do we still count?

The counting of the omer is linked so closely to the bringing of the omer. Why is counting a mitzva if we count from the harvest of the barley for the omer offering and we do not harvest that? See: ...
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Why no bracha if you count the omer during the day? [duplicate]

What is the logic behind not saying a bracha on counting the omer during the day? The omer was not brought at night, presumably.
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On whom is the burden in a case of opposing minhagim?

My brother an I have studied the laws of the Omer from rabbis and sites like http://www.torahmusings.com/2011/05/music-during-sefira/ and we have an accepted practice of not listening even to recorded ...
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If 1st day Shavuot occurred on Shabbat, could you begin early?

With the fixed calendar, now, the 1st day of Shavuot never occurs on Shabbat. On the 1st night of Shavu'ot many congregations wait to daven Ma'ariv until tzet so that the Omer counting should be tamim ...
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May One Shave On Thursday Night - When Lag Baomer Falls Out On Sunday [duplicate]

Because Lag Baomer falls out on Sunday, we are allowed to shave/haircut on Friday - Lekavod Shabbos (Rema-Orach Chayim 493:2) However, is one allowed to shave/haircut tonight (i.e. Thursday night), ...
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listening to a cappela during sefira?

A friend of mine told me that there is a problem with listening to a cappela during sefira. A few people mentioned a few places where it talks about it but I don't remember the places. What is the ...
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What is the connection between Purim and Lag BaOmer?

The Shulchan Aruch (428:1) as brought in Sefaria writes, ... לְעוֹלָם בַּיּוֹם שֶׁיִּהְיֶה פּוּרִים יִהְיֶה ל''ג לָעֹמֶר, וְסִימָן פל''ג... Purim always falls on the same day as Lag LaOmer. ...
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Is it permitted to shave during Sefirah for an engagement party?

The Mishnah Berurah (Orach Chayim 493:3) says that one may make an engagement party during sefirah. Is one permitted to shave in order to look presentable for the party?