Omer Blog

category: Counting the Omer


This blog, launched for the omer period 5770 (2010), originally provided daily reminders and some thoughts shared by Fabrangeners, on the journey from Passover’s freedom to the Revelation of Shavuot. New reminders, with an evolving midrash for season, are appeared for 5773 (2013).

Some thoughts in the first two seasons related to events current in the 2010 calendar or to individual authors’ experiences in the days between Passover and Shavuot 5770. Others refer to God’s attributes associated with the weeks and days of the omer. Many concern still more general topics — such as freedom, journey and revelation. As Kurt Vonnegut once said (see Day Nineteen): “Sometimes you’re busy when a clock strikes and you miss the count.” So thoughts from Fabrangen’s inaugural blog remain here for the continuing journey, to Sinai and beyond, again.

Contributors in the year 5770 were: Judy Beltz, Irene Bleiweiss, Rachel Braun, Amy Brookman, Clare Feinson, Bracha Laster, Elaine Reuben, Gwen Rubinstein, Bill Savedoff and Virginia Spatz.

Use search function to find individual authors’ offerings. The search function and/or the tag and category clouds can also be used to find posts by topic. All posts relating to the Omer and Pesach are found under category: Counting the Omer.

Blessing

Here is the daily blessing associated with the counting, recited in the evening, beginning on the second night of Passover (Day One) and continuing through the night before Shavuot (Day 49).

A) (male address for God:) Barukh ata YHVH, eloheinu melekh ha-olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.

We praise You, Adonai, Our God, Master of time and space whose commandments add holiness to our lives, Who commanded us to count the omer.

B) (feminine address for God:) Beruchah at yah, eloheinu ruach haolam, asher kidshatnu bemitzvoteha vetzivatnu al sefirat ha’omer.

Blessed are You, God, Ruler/Spirit of the Universe, who has sanctified us with Your commandments and commanded us to count the Omer.

[This translation and transliteration were borrowed from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and from Jill Hammer’s Omer Calendar of Biblical Women at RitualWell.org. For additional text to accompany the counting, see Five Steps.]

This is followed by —

Ha-yom yom…

“Today is the…. day of the omer.” — as noted in each post and in many prayerbooks.

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