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Sefirat HaOmer period

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Differing customs reflect the multiplicity of ways of relating to G‑d that characterize our people.
Why so many customs? How did it all develop?
Question: I enjoy counting the Omer very much, because I relate to the self-improvement/awareness that it brings me each day. So, it’s disappointing when I miss a day . . . very much so. The entire point of the exercise is to be cleansed of my encrustatio...
From the second night of Passover until the day before the holiday of Shavuot, the Jewish people engage in an unique mitzvah called Sefirat HaOmer—the counting of the Omer.
How much do you know about the special mitzvah we do at this time of year? Find out now!
And what does it have to do with counting to Shavuot?
Contemporary Jews associate the Omer with the mitzvah of Sefirat Haomer, counting the days from the second day of Passover until the holiday of Shavuot. In truth, the Omer is the name of a special offering that was brought on the second day of Passover. A...
Why do we make such a big deal about this tragedy in particular?
Question: During which holidays or times of mourning on the Jewish calendar year can I not shave? Also, when a family member passes away, for how many days/months is the mourner forbidden to shave? Answer: Before responding to your question, a few prefato...
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