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

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Music for Yom Hashoah

Is it permissable to listen to live music during the Omer for the sake of Yom Hashoah commemoration?
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Learning Shuvuos night

What's the reason we stay up to learn on Shuvuos night? If the reason is because we woke up late for Matan Torah then why don't we just wake up for the earliest shacharis and be on time?
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Torah Traits and Omer

I heard that the 48 days of the Omer line up with the 48 traits of acquiring Torah in Pirkei Avot, and the 49th day corresponds to doing chazara on all of them. Does anyone have a list of each trait ...
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May Jews remove nose hair or eyelashes during Sefirat Ha’Omer

According to Halacha, may Jews remove nose hair or eyelashes during Sefirat Ha’Omer, or no, do the semi mourning restrictions during this time not prohibit nose hair or eyelash removal? Or is this ...
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Saying Shehechiyanu on new glasses

When one purchases a new pair of glasses, does one need to say Shehechiyanu on them like one would on a new suit? Following that, is it permissible to buy them in the Omer or The Three Weeks, assuming ...
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When is the right time for Sefiras Haomer? [duplicate]

When is the actual time for counting sefirah? (shkia, tzeit hakochavim) Is there any list / schedule of exact timing for New York 2024? (like 8:13, 8:47)
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Is food that tastes like chometz on Pesach "not in the spirit of the law"?

Various companies have gotten very good at making Pesach cakes and other items that taste almost identical to the chometz version. Do any poskim come out against eating foods like that from the ...
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Bris mila/ sefira haomer

Are there any connections between the mitzva of mila and sefiras Haomer (besides that the father of baby and sandak can have a haircut during the sefira)?
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Full explanation of the 49 Sefirot combinations?

I am looking for a good source that explains the 49 middot-sefirot combinations. Especially as they manifest as emotions, and ideally explained from "chametz" to "matza", i.e. the ...
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Why specifically say the Beis HaMikdash will return "to its place"?

The HaRachaman included in many Siddurim after Sefiras HaOmer says: הָרַחֲמָן הוּא יַחֲזִיר לָנוּ עֲבוֹדַת בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ לִמְקוֹמָה בִּמְהֵרָה בְּיָמֵֽינוּ אָמֵן סֶֽלָה - The Merciful One, may ...
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Why don't we count sfeirah **m**'omer (from the omer)?

There are different nusachot that count sfirah as "ba'omer" or "la'omer." But shouldn't we count days m'omer? The omer was brought on the 16th and that's what we are counting from. ...
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Sad music during Omer/3 Weeks

Thought of this question and apparently it was posed a few years ago on here but no answer was given so I’ll ask again- can you listen to sad or depressing music during the Omer or more importantly ...
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Shema or sefira which comes first

What if a person who strictly abides by Rabinu Tam when it come to Tzais Hakochavim (i.e. his kehilla and family follow this minhag strictly) davens maariv with a minyan slightly earlier during ...
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Why count the Omer?

The Torah enjoins us to count the Omer for agricultural reasons [Leviticus 23:15-17]. Later, the counting was reinterpreted as eager anticipation for the giving of the Torah on Shavuot. (1) What is ...
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Why no (full) Hallel on the second day of Pesach?

On the last 6 days of Pesach, according to the Gemara, we don't say (full) Hallel because the korban is the same for all 7 days. The second day of Pesach has a unique korban. So why don't we say ...
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Shaving hair off mole during the three weeks/sefira

In regards to shaving/haircutting prohibition during the three weeks and/or sefira does this include hair on a mole on the face?
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Where are resources about counting Omer Year round?

My rabbi mentioned there's a custom to count the omer year round. The idea is to travel through all the sefirot for 7 sets of 50 days. I'm looking for shiurim, texts, etc. that teach on this practice. ...
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May one play music for a baby during the Omer?

2-year-olds love to listen to recorded nursery rhymes. Are there any sources discussing playing nursery rhymes that include background music during the omer?
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What does Rebbi Akiva's students not respecting each other mean?

The Gemara Yevamos (62b) records 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 ...
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What was unique about Gevas and Antifras that Rebbi Akiva singled them out?

The Gemara Yevamos (62b) and Midrash Koheles Rabbah (11:6) single out two specific students who died out of the 12,000: וְרַבִּי עֲקִיבָא אוֹמֵר שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר אֲלָפִים תַּלְמִידִים הָיוּ לִי ...
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What is the source of the prohibition to listen to music in the omer?

Where is the earliest source of the prohibition to listen to music in the omer? I have had a look in shulchan oruch orach chaim simon תצ״ג, but it does not say there the prohibition to listen to music....
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Why dont we say the blessing of shehechayanu by the Omer counting? [duplicate]

If it's a new mitzvah of the season, why no shehecheyanu?
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Chasam Sofer on Sefiras HaOmer

I heard a mind-blowing idea a couple of years back in the name of the Chasam Sofer, and I would really love to know the source.... It says in Vayikra 23:15 - וּסְפַרְתֶּ֤ם לָכֶם֙ מִמָּחֳרַ֣ת ...
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Word count methods

I asked a question about the orthography of two words in the last chapter of the Shema, and I started to wonder, whether the presence of a maqaf mattered with respect to word count. And if you ...
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Can 'Omer' be translated as 'sheaf', or does it only refer to a measure of grain?

What is the translation of an omer? Do the sages or rabbis use, at least, two different translations? Does an "omer" ever mean a bundle of standing (or not standing) grain stalks? Please note: I am ...
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Is typing or writing the same as "saying" for the sake of Sefirat Ha'Omer?

In an effort to ensure that we only count the Omer with a bracha properly, we are careful not to say what day it is until we have counted formally -- this is discussed and explored here. But is ...
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Changing from Base-10 to Base-7 in sefiras haomer

I saw years ago a fascinating idea regarding the counting of sefiras haomer. The source was discussing the change in counting between the days and the weeks. We first start counting in base-10: "...
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Menachot 65/66 why did the counting of the omer needed to start with a fixed time?

I was looking at all the arguments made (against the Boethians) in favor of counting the omer from 16th Nisan until Shavuot - Menachot 65/66. Then I went looking at Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 16. ...
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Should one who has become Bar Mitzvah during Sefirah count with a bracha? [duplicate]

My younger brother is turning 13 during Sefirah. I am going to ask my Rabbi, but I am curious about the various opinions of our Gedolim.
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May one shave/haircut on Friday, Rosh Chodesh Iyar

The Mishneh Berurah (493:5) rules that even those who have the custom not to cut hair or shave during the first half of the sefira are permitted to shave/have a haircut when Rosh Chodesh Iyar falls on ...
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Can one fix Tzitzis during the Omer?

Is it permissible to fix Tzitzis during the Omer, or would doing so make them "new garments"? Would one be allowed to fix them, then wait until after the Omer to wear them?
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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 Gevat ...
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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 ...
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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)?

(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 to the ...
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