By David Cooper
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This app will help you count the Omer from Passover to Shavuot by keeping track of the count and giving you the blessing and the Hebrew for each day's count. For each day of the Omer, it will also show you which quality was connected by the Kabbalists with that day, and it will give you a quote related to that quality, along with links to find out more about counting and what it means.
What is the Omer? Exactly seven weeks fall between Passover and Shavuot, marking the transition from the redemption in Egypt to the revelation at Sinai. This period is called the Omer, and it also corresponds to the time between the barley harvest and the wheat harvest in ancient Israel. Each night during the 49 days of this seven week period, the count of the days is recited with a blessing--this ritual is called "Sefirat HaOmer." In Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), each of the 49 days also corresponds with the purification of a specific quality within ourselves that connects to the divine. These qualities are called "Sefirot," and remembering which quality corresponds to each day has also been part of the ritual of counting the Omer since the Middle Ages.
You can find more instructions and information about counting the Omer at: http://neohasid.org/omer/count_the_omer/
If you'd like more features, such as sunset times for your location, a button for keeping track of the days you count, and a progress screen, please consider buying the paid version of the app.
What's New in Version 3.1.2
You can now set your location so that the sunset and sunrise are calculated for more accurate counting times. You can keep track of the days you counted and see your progress on the progress screen. This version app works for both iPhone and iPad.
Fixed the hebrew and transliterated spelling of shavu'a (Thanks to a user with a good eye for catching the typo!)
Hebrew font was changed to Ezra SIL.
Text button now just toggles between the three types of text.
The "I counted today!" button was moved down and the colors match other buttons better.
Swiping gesture behavior was fixed.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: 23 April 2015
- Version: 3.1.2
- Size: 1.8 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: David Cooper
- © 2009-2015 David G. Cooper, Rabbi David M. Seidenberg, and neohasid.org
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.