Ultimate Omer 2 – The Sefira App You Can Count On

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The Omer is counted from the second night of  Passover through the night before Shavuot. It is best to count the Omer at nightfall, immediately after the evening prayer.

Ultimate Omer 2 is a Sefirat Ha’Omer Jewish app for iOS created by Moshe Berman (more his apps here). It includes the texts of related blessings and prayers for counting the Omer, a progress tracker, a “laws” section and more.

Features

  • Hebrew Date Handling: The hebrew date (by which the omer is counted) begins the night before. This app uses your location to change at sunset. Sefira 3 comes with over 50 locations and can detect your location if you’re not on the list. The default location is Jerusalem.
  • Customizable Reminder: You can set a reminder daily for whatever time you like, free of charge. (If you want, you can disable the reminder too.) Don’t miss a day again!
  • Application Icon Badge: The app icon shows the current day of the עומר. Now, you don’t even need to open the app – a quick glance tells you what day it is. You can now control the behavior of the badge in the Settings tab.
  • Full Omer Text: Of course, you can tap on the app’s icon and see the full text of the sefira count. This is the only Sefira app to include עלינו. Sefira 3 now supports asheknaz, sefard, and sephardic nusach.
  • Progress Tracker: Keep track of your progress. You can mark off if you’ve counted with this unique progress tracker. Tap on the checkmark after you’ve counted. (You can tap a row to toggle if you’ve counted as well.)
  • Custom Font and Line Settings: Adjust line height and font size to your liking and choose between two fonts.

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from review by The Yeshivah World

Other Sefira apps stop at the end “Ribono Shel Olam”. This leaves people scrambling to re-open their siddurim to finish maariv. Of course, there is an easy fix. Ultimate Omer 2 includes aleinu, so you can just finish davening from your phone or iPod.

Another major challenge that most Sefira apps face (and other Jewish oriented apps as well), is the fact that the Jewish day begins the night before. Most Sefira apps just change at an arbitrary time. This is where Ultimate Omer 2 is unique in this regard. Ultimate Omer 2 allows you to automatically detect your location (or set it manually) and then Ultimate Omer 2 uses that information to change the day of Sefira at sunset based on your local time.

Of course, any Sefira app worth its salt also includes a Halacha section and customizable reminders. Ultimate Omer 2 includes those as well.

App: Ultimate Omer 2 – The Sefira app you can count on by Moshe Berman

Compatible: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Category: Lifestyle
Released: May 03, 2011 (Updated: April 20, 2014)
PublisherMoshe Berman
Price: $4.99 (buy app)

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