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Is it permitted to celebrate an engagement party during the counting of the Omer?

Yes, but without music or dancing. According to Halachah, engagements are never to be delayed. Even on Tishah b'Av, the saddest day of the year, it is...

Can I buy matzah for Pesach Sheni or do I must eat Pesach leftovers?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto , ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment...Archie: Hi, I wanted to know, if I don't have...

How does the counting of the Omer connect Passover and Shavuot?

The holiday of Shavuot is a direct extension of Passover. In fact, technically Shavuot doesn’t have a fixed date of the month—it is the 50th...

Why do we count the Omer at night? Why not in the morning?

The Mitzvah is to count each day as it enters. Since the "Jewish day" starts at nightfall, we do the Mitzvah at the first possible opportunity....

Why do people always say "*last night* was the x night of the Omer"?

Rabbi Yossi Greisman: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Straight: I asked someone what night of the Omer it was, and he...

What's the connection between the Omer and the Holy Temple?

According to most Halachic authorities, the counting of the Omer was a Biblical obligation only when the Omer sacrifice was actually offered in the Holy...

How do I count the Omer if I cross the International Dateline?

Complicated question. First, let me elaborate on your question: Someone who crosses the International Date Line while traveling eastwards (for example,...

Is there anywhere online where I can count the Omer each day?

Sure. Go to http://www.chabad.org/holidays/sefirah/omer-count.asp. While you're at that site, sign up to receive daily e-mail Omer reminders. Once...

How do I count the Omer?

After nightfall -- [Preferably, the Omer is to be counted during the Maariv prayer, before the Aleinu. However, technically the Omer can be counted any...

Why do we count the Omer?

Counting the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot (starting with the second day of Passover) is essentially a Biblical command: "You shall...