Days of the Omer 2018 / עוֹמֶר 5778

Days of the Omer (7 weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot) for Hebrew Year 5778 began on and ended on .

Counting of the Omer (or Sefirat Ha'omer, Hebrew: ספירת העומר) is a verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot. This mitzvah derives from the Torah commandment to count forty-nine days beginning from the day on which the Omer, a sacrifice containing an omer-measure of barley, was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem, up until the day before an offering of wheat was brought to the Temple on Shavuot. The Counting of the Omer begins on the second day of Passover (the 16th of Nisan) for Rabbinic Jews, and after the weekly Shabbat during Passover for Karaite Jews, and ends the day before the holiday of Shavuot, the 'fiftieth day.'

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Dates for Days of the Omer

HolidayStartsEndsHebrew Dates
Days of the Omer 2015 16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5775
Days of the Omer 2016 16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5776
Days of the Omer 2017 16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5777
Days of the Omer 2018 16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5778
Days of the Omer 2019 16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5779
Days of the Omer 2020 16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5780
Days of the Omer 2021 16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5781
Days of the Omer 2022 16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5782
Days of the Omer 2023 16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5783
Days of the Omer 2024 16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5784
Days of the Omer 2025 16 Nisan - 5 Sivan 5785

References

The Jewish Holidays: A Guide & Commentary (paid link)
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld
"Counting of the Omer" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia
Wikimedia Foundation Inc.
Books (paid links)
Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide

Counting the Omer
by Min Kantrowitz

Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation

Sefer Yetzirah
by Aryeh Kaplan

Journey Through the Wilderness: A Mindfulness Approach to the Ancient Jewish Practice of Counting the Omer

Journey Through the Wilderness
by Rabbi Yael Levy

Toward Sinai: Omer poems

Toward Sinai
by Rachel Barenblat