Sunday, May 25, 2008

Shavuot night's davening


We'll take a break from our look at Kriat haTorah [Torah reading] to talk about the upcoming Yom Tov of Shavuot.

The 'Omer' is a sequence of days numbered nightly from the second night of Passover until the night preceding Shavuot. Shavuot is the 50th day of the Omer.

Because we want to fulfill the biblical instruction to count 49 full Omer days before celebrating Shavuot, we wait until full nightfall to begin the evening Maariv service on the first night of Shavuot.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 494:1; Mishneh Berurah 494:1)

Have a great day,

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