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31. Emor

“And you shall count seven complete weeks…”1

To make sure that the seven weeks of the Omer are “complete” the time set for counting is during the early evening hours.2 Performing this mitzvah as soon as possible after nightfall — when the new day begins — ensures that our seven weeks will be as “complete” as we can possibly make them.

The Zohar Hakadosh teaches that counting the Omer similar in importance to the Shemoneh Esrei prayer and should therefore be recited standing3 as hinted through the word 4 בקמה  — read as בקומה, “standing”.5

If a person lost the count and can no longer say the blessing, counting the day still elevates our soul, especially if we count joyfully and in a way that we can hear our voice!6

Show 6 footnotes

  1. Vayikra 23:15
  2. Menachoth 66a
  3. Zohar: Tetzaveh
  4. Devarim 16:9
  5. R’ Asher, end of Pesachim
  6. Oral Tradition, heard from Rav Yehiel Michel Dorfman ז”ל
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