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Counting the Omer

Rav Dovid gives a daily halacha at the Wall Street Synagogue in Lower Manhattan.
This series covers Sefirat HaOmer.
28 Nissan 5769 listen Haircuts for Rosh Chodesh Iyar Shabbos (3:12)
A special situation: when Rosh Chodesh Iyar falls on Shabbos, some poskim allow a haircut in honor of the combined Rosh Chodesh Shabbat.
Sources: OC 493:2; MB 493:5
26 Nissan 5769 listen The Offering of the Omer (10:54)
A look at the omer as brought at the Beis HaMikdash.
Sources: Menachot 10
23 Nissan 5769 listen The Preparation of the Omer Offering (15:42)
A look at the omer offering as brought at the Beis HaMikdash.
Sources: Menachot 10
12 Iyar 5767 listen Friday Haircuts when Lag B'Omer is on Sunday (9:14)
If Lag B'Omer falls on Sunday, there are some leniencies available for Ashkenazim with regard to haircuts on Erev Shabbos.
Sources: OC 493:1-2; MB 493:5-6,8-9
In memory of Mendel Meyer ben Motel on the occasion of his Yahrzeit and for a refuah shleimah for Chaim Bear ben Perel Yitta.
28 Nissan 5767 listen Summary of the Halachot of Sefirat HaOmer (14:13)
Overview and summary of the various halachot regarding Sefirat HaOmer.
14 Iyar 5766 listen Pesach Sheini (12:55)
The 14th of Iyar is Pesach Sheini, the "Second Passover." What is this minor holiday about?
Sources: Num 9:1-14
6 Iyar 5766 listen Sefirat HaOmer and Self-Improvement (11:47)
Sefirat HaOmer has become a period when we work on improving ourselves in preparation for receiving the Torah on Shavuot.
Sources: OC 493:4; MB 493:18-19; Shaar HaTziun 493:16
5 Iyar 5766 listen Mourning During Sefirat HaOmer (14:41)
Why is the Omer period a time of semi-mourning? Rabbi Akiva's 12,000 pairs of students.
Sources: Yev. 62b; OC 493:1-3; MB 493:2-4,7-8,14-15; Beur Halacha d.h. "Yeish Nohagim"
4 Iyar 5766 listen Various Mistakes in Counting; The Din of Chadash (13:44)
What if you forget to count? What if you aren't sure? Also: the din of chadash.
Sources: OC 489:7-10; MB 489:35-38,44-45
28 Nissan 5766 listen How early can you count Omer? Must you have kavanah? (13:28)
Can you count after Shkiya? Plag HaMincha? What if you start the brocha thinking today is the 4th day but it is actually the 5th?
Sources: OC 489:3-6; MB 489:17,29,32; Beur Halacha d.h. "Mib'od yom"; Shaar HaTziun 489:37
27 Nissan 5766 listen How and when do we count Omer? (13:08)
What if you count days but not weeks or vice versa? What if you count before dark?
Sources: OC 489:1-2; MB 489:7-9,11,14-15
26 Nissan 5766 listen Introduction to Sefirat HaOmer (13:08)
Why do we count the Omer? Is it d'oraita or d'rabbanan?
Sources: Lev. 23:9-21; Deut. 16:9-10; OC 489:1; Beur Halacha d.h. "Lispor HaOmer"; MB 489:5,6; Shaar HaTziun 489:7

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