One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An ancient Hebrew dry measure, the tenth part of an ephah.
- ‘I have truly enjoyed reading these segments following the omer count.’
- ‘While the emphasis of this book has been on character development and spiritual growth via daily improvement of personality traits, the mitzvah of counting the omer goes one step further.’
- ‘And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.’
A sheaf of corn or omer of grain presented as an offering on the second day of Passover.
sacrifice, oblation, burnt offering, peace offering, thank-offering, immolation, libation, first fruits, tribute, dedicationView synonyms
- ‘She is there in the Omer, the sheaf of barley offered on the second day of the Passover.’
- ‘The people will end up eating from the new grain at dawn when in fact they are required to wait until the Omer sacrifice is offered.’
- ‘In response to repeated attempts by Cheryl Perry to get the tax bill lifted, ‘city hall’ argued that since her address is in Omer, she has to pay the taxes of Omer, regardless of what tax-funded services she may or may not receive.’
- 2.1 The period of 49 days between the second day of Passover and Shavuoth (Pentecost).
- ‘Therefore on the third night of the Omer if it is after dark and you have not counted yet and someone asks you what night of the Omer it is, you should respond last night was the second night of the Omer.’
- ‘One who does not understand Hebrew and counts the Omer in Hebrew has not fulfilled his obligation to count the Omer according to the Mishna Brura.’
- ‘The Rashbi, as he is otherwise known, knew that he would not live past the 33rd day of the Omer, the ritual counting of days between Passover and Shavuot, the holiday marking the Israelites' receiving of the Torah from God.’
- ‘Ruchama Rivka was always very excited when it came time for the mitzvah of counting the Omer.’
- ‘The 50th day, the day after counting the Omer is completed, is the holiday of Shavuot; it is in a very real sense the culmination of Passover.’
- ‘And for some reason you have to count the days with a ridiculous daily prayer that actually translates to ‘Today is the - day of Omer!’’
- ‘After the 49 days of Counting the Omer, after having fully achieved inner renewal by merit of having assessed and developed each of our 49 attributes, we arrive at the fiftieth day.’
- ‘Therefore, the joy of the first day of Pesach cannot be joined with the other joy of the continuation of the redemption (as symbolized by the counting of the Sfira), and therefore, we start counting the Omer on the second day of Pesach.’
- ‘There are 7 weeks in the counting of the Omer before Shavuot.’
From Hebrew ‘ōmer.
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