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The Calendar and Holidays (incl. Sabbath)

Other Holidays and Fasts

The Omer

What was the omer? How was it counted?

The Omer was a measure of barley (see Ex.16:36) that was offered on the day after Passover (Lev.23:9-14). Seven weeks were then counted, starting on that day; the 50th day was then celebrated as Pentecost (Lev.23:15-21), or in Hebrew Shavuos (“Weeks”). Grain wasn’t counted – just days and weeks.

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