Thursday, April 17, 2008

Counting the Omer - Weeks and Days


When the Omer reaches Day 7, we begin to count both the days and the weeks. This is because the Torah instructs us, "You shall count 50 days," as well as "Seven weeks you shall count." We say, "Today is Day X, which is Y weeks and Z days to the Omer."

One should only count the Omer in a language he understands - the purpose is to state and understand the count.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 489:1; Mishneh Berurah 489:5)

Have a great day,

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