Thursday, April 5, 2012

Counting the Omer


The Torah instructs the Jewish people to bring a barley offering out of the new crop of barley, on the 2nd day of Passover. They are then to count seven weeks, 49 days, and then celebrate Shavuot - on which they bring a wheat offering from the new crop of wheat.

To continue this practice even without a Temple and its offerings, we count 49 days from the 2nd night of Passover through the night preceding Shavuot. The recitation may be found on page 282 in the standard Artscroll Siddur.

If a person forgets to count the Omer at night, he can make it up the next day without reciting the associated blessing, and then continue to count normally that night.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 489:7)

חג כשר ושמח,

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