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Omer Info

The laws and customs associated with the Omer counting period.

Basic Laws of Counting the Omer
From Siddur Tehillat Hashem
The Omer is counted from the second night of Passover through the night before Shavuot. It is best to count the Omer at nightfall, immediately after the evening prayer. However, one may count at any time throughout the night.
Omer Mourning Observances
In remembrance of the tragic death of 24,000 disciples of Rabbi Akiva, several mourning practices are observed during the weeks between Passover and Shavuot.
What Is the Counting of the Omer?
From the Book of Our Heritage
The Torah writes: "And you shall count for yourselves from the morrow of the Shabbat, from the day that you bring the omer [offering] that is raised, seven complete weeks there shall be until the morrow of the seventh week you shall count fifty days" (Leviticus 23:1516).
Omer for Kids
We count the days between Pesach and Shavuot as we prepare to receive the Torah again on the Festival of Shavuot. This is called “Counting the Days of the Omer,” or “Sefirat Ha’Omer.” Here’s how to do it.
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