The Days of the Omer
Each day between the beginning of Passover and Shavuot gets counted, 49 days in all, 7 weeks of seven days. Here are the words we say and some of the meaning behind the ritual.
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An iPhone app to count the Omer!!!
What can we do to commemorate the rainbow covenant of the Noah story? What rituals, liturgies, actions? Read (and record) suggestions here.
Liturgies integrating Lag B'omer (the 18th of Iyyar), Flood Day (the 17th, the day before Lag B'Omer) on which the Flood began, and Rainbow Day, the 27th of Iyyar.
The 33rd day of the Omer, Hod sheb'Hod, Bar Yochai, the song El Mistater, more
This lullaby comes from the Vilna ghetto and is offered for Yom Hashoah.
Once a year there is Jewish custom is to say a special blessing on flowering fruit trees. It happens in spring, especially during the Omer, but it's also a good teaching for Tu Bish'vat. You'll also find some other good tree texts here.
Whether at Tu Bish'vat or Yom Ha'atzmaut or during the Omer/Spring, planting a tree sounds like a wise investment for both Israel and the planet. The JNF offers "cheaper" trees through their carbon offset program—but their calculation of what you need to offset your carbon is off by about 2000%.
This nigun is sung for hours on the second night of Pesach after counting the first night of the Omer in the Stolner shul in Brooklyn. It's also a great nigun for dancing any time, and for every time you count the Omer!
Traditionally chanted after counting the Omer, before L'kha Dodi, and after lighting the menorah. Learn what is Ana Bekhoach and how it is used in shul. Download and print out the text, and more.
Six recordings based on Yakar, Reb Shlomo, Skolyer (two traditional and one adapted) and Reb Zalman (Ryzhin).