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How to Observe the Tradition of Sefirat HaOmer

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Sefirah or Sefirat HaOmer (Counting of the Grain) is a Jewish tradition that lasts for 50 days. It is a period of mourning. It is during this time of the year that we symbolically count the process between the freedom of the Jews from slavery in Egypt and the granting of the Torah.

  • Start counting. Refer to a Sefirah calendar to check on the dates of the Sefirah count.
  • Say the following blessing at nightfall, before the day’s count: “Blessed are you, Lord God, Master of the Universe, who has sanctified us with your commandments and commanded us to count the Omer.”
  • Do not hold a wedding during this season.
  • Do not cut your hair, shave, attend parties, and listen to music.
  • Read the Torah to rejuvenate your faith.

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