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The Counting of the Omer

Sefirat Haomer

We count the Omer for 49 days from the second day of Passover until the holiday of Shavuot in anticipation of the giving of the Torah.

The Counting of the Omer
On the 2nd day of Passover, the Omer offering was brought in the Temple and marks the start of the forty nine day count until Shavuot; why is the count linked to the Omer offering?
Omer - Magical Mystery Tour
We count for fifty days in anticipation of the giving of the Torah, yet the Torah makes no mention of day number 50 as the day the Torah was given.
The Secret of the Omer
The counting of the Omer is an overtly kabbalistic experience; explore some of its mystical secrets.
Laws of Sefirat Ha'Omer
Audio | 34:08
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Laws of Sefirat Ha'Omer
Some of the Halachik laws pertaining to Sefirat Ha’Omer in-depth.
Ethics of our Fathers
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Ethics of our Fathers
Pirkei Avot
Ethics of the Fathers contains timeless wisdom. It is a collection of ethics, honesty, and advice. But at its very beginning it tells us that even this part of Jewish life came from Sinai. All of that is part of Judaism.
Counting the Omer
Audio | 45:56
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Counting the Omer
This class presents a detailed understanding of the mitzvah to count the forty nine days of the Omer, the days between Pesach and Shavuot.
The Omer and Shtei Halechem
Audio | 46:25
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The Omer and Shtei Halechem
The Omer offering is brought on the second day of Pesach and the Shtei Halechem offering is brought on Shavuot; what do their differences represent according to Kabbalah?
Rabbi Schapiro on Sefiras Ha'Omer
Three advanced classes on the subject of sefiras ha'omer.
The Kabbalah of Sefirat HaOmer
The Spiritual Understanding of Counting the Omer
We count 49 days from Passover to Shavuot, the day of the giving of the Torah. In the siddur (prayer book), it associates each day of counting to a different “sefirah” (kabbalistic attribute). How is all of this relevant to us now?
Polishing Yourself
Audio | 31:35
Polishing Yourself
Five Levels in Counting the Omer
Learn the special significance of counting the Omer on five layers of understanding.
Counting the Omer
The Kabbala of Self-Refinement
This seven-part series follows the seven-week period of the Omer explaining how each week corresponds to another facet of our personalities.
Perfect Score
Audio | 55:00
Perfect Score
When the Counting of the Omer begins on Sunday
We are commanded in the Torah to count, from the 2nd day of Passover, 49 days and ‘7 complete weeks’. This mitzvah is referred to as the Counting of the Omer. Our Sages comment that the count is only perfect when Passover begins on the Sabbath, and thus the count begins with the first day of the week – Sunday. In such a year (as is the case this year) the 7 weeks are indeed perfect. But this is highly puzzling for a number of reasons, one being that the mitzvah to Count the Omer is perfectly fulfilled every year regardless of what day of the week the count begins! In answering this difficulty, this class reveals the extraordinary blessing inherent in this year’s counting of the Omer.
Agriculture of the Soul
Grain from a newly planted crop (Chadash) may not be consumed prior to the offering of the ‘Omer’ in the Temple on the second day of Passover. No grain of the new crop may be brought to the Temple as an offering prior to the ‘Two Loaves’ offered on Shavout. This class will explore some of the fascinating details of these laws and their spiritual dimensions and applications to our lives. (Likutei Sichos volume 32)
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