Counting the Omer is an annual custom practice by the Jews which marks the verbal counting of the days to Shavuot. It is very significant to them as it connects the two major festivals celebrated in Israel and in other Jewish communities.
When is Counting the Omer 2014
The actual and exact dates of Counting the Omer begins on the evening of Tuesday, 15th of April 2014 which is the First day of Omer and continues until the evening of Monday 3rd of May 2014 which is the 49th day of Omer which also marks the eve of Shavuot.
Generally, the Omer is counted each evening after the sundown for 49 days.
A Jewish holiday known as Lag B’Omer is celebrated during the 33rd day of Counting the Omer which is within the periods of Passover and Shavuot.
Read also: Lag B’Omer 2014
Jewish Counting the Omer Dates 2014
The Counting of the Omer begins on the 16th day of the month of Nissan and continues until the 5th day of the month of Sivan.
How The Omer is Counted
The Counting of the Omer begins on the second day of Passover and continues until the festival of Shavuot which is about 49 days or equivalent to a seven-week period. The very idea of Counting the Omer each day signifies the spiritual preparation and anticipation of the Shavuot.
Each day is counted with such a systematic and methodical progression and recited aloud with great anticipation for the day of the Giving of the Torah on Shavuot. Every night, beginning on the second day of Passover up until the night before the Shavuot, the Jews are reciting the blessing, stating the actual count of days of the Omer in both weeks and days.
How does Counting the Omer Originated
15 ‘And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. 16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.
9 “You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain. 10 Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as the Lord your God blesses you.
The word “Omer”
The word “Omer” came from a Hebrew word which is translated as “sheaf,”
A unit of measure of volume of a grain, usually about two quarts. The Torah also categorizes Omer as the dry measure, is equal to a tenth of the “ephah” (measure of grain) as stated in Exodus 16:36. The Omer offering is then brought to the Temple and received by the Levite high priest. Even after the destruction of the Temple, this custom of Counting the Omer remains.
Counting the Omer 2015
Counting the Omer will begin on the 5th day of April 2015 and will continue until the 23rd day of May 2015.