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Questions tagged [sefirat-ha-omer]

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

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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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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?
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Is one allowed to listen to music for therapeutic purposes during sefira and the three weeks?

It has been scientifically proven that listening to music helps increase people's dopamine (happiness neurotransmitters) levels by as much as 9%, and as such there is such a thing as music therapy. ...
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How are albums such as AKAPella considered a capella?

AKAPella is an a cappella group that performs parodies on other artists' songs, often non-Jewish ones as of late, in a cappella for people to enjoy during sefira and the three weeks. In their albums,...
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are you allowed get music lessons during sefirah?

are you allowed to start getting music lessons which he has not had beforehand during sefirah?
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What are some good sources of a cappella music for Sefiras HaOmer?

I keep the whole Sefira, and I've been having a most difficult time this year (already!) because for the first time, I am trying only to listen to Jewish music. The first goal of this question is to ...
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Connection between 48 ways to acquire Torah and Sefira

It seems to be assumed (and I'll give an example in a second) that there is some connection between the 48 ways to acquire Torah (see the so-called sixth chapter of Avot) and the time of the year when ...
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Counting Omer before the conclusion of Shabbat/Yom Tov?

If one counted the omer before saying havdalah (or even 'hamavdil bein kodesh l'chol), does the omer count?
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When to start counting the Omer [duplicate]

It is written that one needs to count the Omer: From the day after the Shabat.. count off seven full weeks (Vayikra 23:15). Count off fifty days up to the day after (from the morrow after) the seventh ...
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Counting Sefira without a beracha during the day twice in a row?

If someone forgot to count Sefirat HaOmer at night and therefore counted during the following day without a beracha (as per the halacha OC 489), and then forgot to count Sefirat HaOmer again the ...
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Gatherings during sefira period

Is getting together for a (immediate) family brunch during early sefira period permissible (home or restaurant)? Nothing is being celebrated. it is just a time when most family members are free to ...
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is sewing knitting embroidery crochet etc allowed during sefirah

During sefirah are we allowed to knit, sew crochet, embroider etc. we are not supposed to buy certain clothing articles and I was wondering if doing these things would be a problem even if we are not ...
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Is there an obligation to Count the Omer without a Bracha?

If I forgot to count at night and during the day, I cannot continue to count with a bracha. This was formulated in my Dirshu Daf HaYomi B'Halacha email as follows: The Mechaber writes that one who ...
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Minhagim of Sefirah

Most people keep only part of Sefirah (the seven-week period joining Pesach and Shavuos) as a period of semimourning: either (roughly) the first 33 days or (roughly) the last 33 days. There are ...
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Rules for counting the Omer with a bracha if one cannot say arvit on a flight through Greenland

In the summer on flights from the US to Europe and Israel (when flying north through Greenland), there are situations where one cannot say arvit (the evening's prayer) because it never becomes night ...
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Do the forty-eight qualities with which Torah is acquired correspond to the days of the counting of the omer?

Pirkei Avot 6:6 includes a list of forty-eight (48) qualities with which Torah is acquired: Study, listening, verbalizing, comprehension of the heart, awe, fear, humility, joy, purity, serving the ...
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Why Shavuos on Sunday

Rashi on Rosh Hashana 22 omud 2 says that the baytusim wanted the 1st day of sefirah and Shavuos to fall on Sunday because of the possuk which says ממחרת השבת which they interpret literally, that the ...
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Is davening a “late” mincha in contradiction with counting an “early” sefira?

According to what Halichipedia states: According to most poskim, it is correct to wait until Tzet Hakochavim in order to count sefirat haomer; however, one fulfills his obligation by ...
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Meaning of week

Vayikra 23:15 translates the word Shabbatot as 'weeks', weeks that are to be Temimot (compleet/perfect); Normally this would be from Yom Rishon till Shabbat like in the phrase: 'Yom rishon l'...
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Can one get a haircut on Friday during Sefira? [closed]

Getting a haircut and shaving are generally forbidden during Sefirah (the counting of the Omer). Shaving is permitted by some on Erev Shabbos, (Friday), for the honor of Shabbos. So are there any ...
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Counting Sefirah in a made up language

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?
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Should one refrain from fun activities during sefirah?

During sefirah there is a custom to mourn the dying of R Akiva's disciples. Is the mourning restricted to the well known restrictions of not shaving and listening to music - or should one refrain ...
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Is counting the Omer considered one mitzvah or 49 individual ones?

The verse in Vayikra says that one must count 7 weeks until after the 7th week one would count up to 50 days (i.e., a total of 49 days). Is each day counted considered its own separate mitzvah, or ...
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May one count the Omer if he has texted someone which night it is? [duplicate]

We are careful to say "Yesterday was 8" etc to ensure that we do not inadvertently count the Omer before we say the bracha. However, what if one texted "Tonight is 9" to someone? Does this count as "...
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counting omer for shavuot [closed]

God commanded: "And you shall count for yourself from the morrow of the Shabbat... seven complete weeks... seven weeks you shall count... 50 days (Vayikra 23:15,16)." If it says 'for yourself', then ...
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Why do we need to count omer for fifty days exactly?

We count the omer from the second day of Pesach until or before Shavuot totalling 50 days. Why do we need to count up to 50 days and why is the 50th day connected to Shavuot? In other ways why does ...