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LET’S COUNT THE OMER!

"And you shall count for yourselves from the morrow of the Shabbat, from the day that you bring the omer [offering] that is raised, seven complete weeks there shall be until the morrow of the seventh week you shall count fifty days" (Leviticus 23:15-16).

 

It is time again to Count the Omer! Every evening from the second night of Passover to the day before Shavuot, we count another day, marking the 49 days (seven weeks) between these two holidays. Omer is the Hebrew word for a sheath of barley. We count the Omer in anticipation of the great harvest and the receiving of the Torah.

 

Why Count the Omer? Besides being commanded by Torah to count, there is great spiritual strength to be gained from this regular and methodical level of prayer. Every night when we count we are creating and renewing our habit of regular connection to Hashem. We are engaging in the character development of the qualities of discipline and obedience that often elude us in the modern world. Below is a simple guide to Counting the Omer with a Calendar of the days. I encourage you all to join me this year in the counting. Simply say the blessing after nightfall and include the day that it is.

At Nightfall:

 

STEP ONE, Recite the Blessing:

 

BA-RUCH A-TAH ADO-NAI E-LO-HE-NU ME-LECH HA-OLAM ASHER KID-E-SHA-NU BE-MITZ-VOTAV VETZI-VA-NU AL SEFI-RAT HA-OMER.

 

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.

STEP TWO, State the Omer-count in terms of both total days and weeks and days. For example, on the 23rd day the count would be stated thus: "Today is twenty-three days, of counting the Omer".

OMER CALENDAR

 

1st night of Passover: March 27

2nd night: March 28. We begin counting the Omer.

 

Week One

Count Day 1 on Sunday Night March 28, 2021

Count Day 2 on Monday Night March 29, 2021

Count Day 3 Tuesday Night March 30, 2021

Count Day 4 Wednesday Night March 31, 2021

Count Day 5 Thursday Night April 1, 2021

Count Day 6 Friday Night April 2, 2021

Count Day 7 Saturday Night April 3, 2021

 

Week Two

Count Day 8 on Sunday Night April 4, 2021

Count Day 9 on Monday Night April 5, 2021

Count Day 10 Tuesday Night April 360, 2021

Count Day 11 Wednesday Night April 7, 2021

Count Day 12 Thursday Night April 8, 2021

Count Day 13 Friday Night April 9, 2021

Count Day 14 Saturday Night April 10, 2021

 

Week Three

Count Day 15 on Sunday Night April 11, 2021

Count Day 16 on Monday Night April 12, 2021

Count Day 17 Tuesday Night April 13, 2021

Count Day 18 Wednesday Night April 14, 2021

Count Day 19 Thursday Night April 15, 2021

Count Day 20 Friday Night April 16, 2021

Count Day 21 Saturday Night April 17, 2021

Week Four

Count Day 22 on Sunday Night April 18, 2021

Count Day 23 on Monday Night April 19, 2021

Count Day 24 Tuesday Night April 20, 2021

Count Day 25 Wednesday Night April 21, 2021

Count Day 26 Thursday Night April 22, 2021

Count Day 27 Friday Night April 23, 2021

Count Day 28 Saturday Night April 24, 2021

 

Week Five

Count Day 29 on Sunday Night April 25, 2021

Count Day 30 on Monday Night April 26, 2021

Count Day 31 Tuesday Night April 27, 2021

Count Day 32 Wednesday Night April 28, 2021

Count Day 33 Thursday Night April 29, 2021

Count Day 34 Friday Night April 30, 2021

Count Day 35 Saturday Night May 1, 2021

 

Week Six

Count Day 36 on Sunday Night May 2, 2021

Count Day 37 on Monday Night May 3, 2021

Count Day 38 Tuesday Night May 4, 2021

Count Day 39 Wednesday Night May 5, 2021

Count Day 40 Thursday Night May 6, 2021

Count Day 41 Friday Night May 7, 2021

Count Day 42 Saturday Night May 8, 2021

 

Week Seven

Count Day 43 on Sunday Night May 9, 2021

Count Day 44 on Monday Night May 10, 2021

Count Day 45 Tuesday Night May 11, 2021

Count Day 46 Wednesday Night May 12, 2021

Count Day 47 Thursday Night May 13, 2021

Count Day 48 Friday Night May 14, 2021

Count Day 49 Saturday Night May 15, 2021

 

Erev Shavuot: May 16, 2021

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