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What is the counting of the Omer?

Starting from the second day of Passover, we are commanded to count forty-nine days. The fiftieth day is the holiday of Shavuot (outside the land of...

Do women have to count the Omer?

A woman is required to fulfill all negative commandments (the "do not"s), but only those positive commandments ("do"s) which do not...

When does the mourning period of the Omer start and end?

The Omer is a period of mourning; 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiba (1st-2nd Century sage and one of the greatest Jewish leaders of all time) passed away...

What do I do if I forgot to count the Omer one night?

1. If one did not count the Omer by Maariv, it can be done the entire night with a blessing.1 2. If one did not count the Omer throughout the night, one...

What is the spiritual significance of counting the Omer?

Let’s go back to the time of the exodus from Egypt. We were at a very low spiritual state. We had been so influenced by the immoral society of Egypt...

Why the semi-mourning period between Passover and Shavuot?

The primary reason is that during this time a terrible tragedy took place some 2,000 years ago: Almost all of Rabbi Akiba’s 24,000 students passed...