CountingTheOmer

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Counting of the Omer (or Sefirat Ha’omer, Hebrew: ספירת העומר) is a verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot. This mitzvah derives from the Torah commandment to count forty-nine days beginning from the day on which the Omer, a sacrifice containing an omer-measure of barley, was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem, up until the day before an offering of wheat was brought to the Temple on Shavuot. The Counting of the Omer begins on the second day of Passover (the 16th of Nisan).

The idea of counting each day represents spiritual preparation and anticipation for the giving of the Torah, which was given by God on Mount Sinai at the beginning of the month of Sivan, around the same time as the holiday of Shavuot. The Sefer HaChinuch states that the Jewish people were only freed from Egypt at Passover in order to receive the Torah at Sinai, an event which is now celebrated on Shavuot, and to fulfill its laws. Thus the Counting of the Omer demonstrates how much a Jew desires to accept the Torah in his own life.

CountingTheOmer application helps you count the Omer by presenting you the right count for each day of the Omer. In addition this application allows you to choose between an English and the Hebrew blessing of Omer, which is displayed according to your preferred prayer’s rite (Nosach). One can select between Ashkenaz, Sefarad, or Sepharadim prayer’s rites. Interesting texts introduce summaries about Omer Counting, the Kabbalah aspects of these days, and the Jewish laws concerning the Omer days, their count and its blessings as well. CountingTheOmer application introduces all you need know for the important days of the Omer.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Category: Reference
Released: April 14, 2010
Publisher: Arie Jacobi
Price: $0.99 (buy app)

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