Basic Laws of Sefirat HaOmer - 2
How Does One Count?
1, 2, 3, or
2, 4, 6,
Stop! The Question was, "With what formula does one count Sefira?"
OK! The chemical formula for table salt, an important ingredient in Jewish cooking, is NaCl, or Sodium Chloride.
Seriously, the formula for counting each of the forty-nine nights of Sefirat HaOmer is given by the Transliterated (Alef Bet to English Alphabet) and Translated Sefirat HaOmer Counting Chart, (what a mouthful!) derived from The Seif Edition of the Transliterated Siddur (Weekday Version).Is there a Sefirat HaOmer Calendar for this Year?
For a Calendar-like Chart linking English Dates to Sefirat HaOmer Counts for this year, see the Sefirat HaOmer Calendar.
Is there a "bracha," or blessing, made in connection with the Counting of the Omer?
Vas far a qvestion! There's a blessing for everything in Judaism. In fact something is said - a bracha, before the counting and something said - a (short) prayer, after the counting, as follows:
Before, The blessing:
"Baruch Ata Adon-y, Eloh-ynu Melech Ha-Olam,"
"Blessed are You, Hashem, our G-d, King of the
"Who sanctified us with His commandments,"
"v'tzivanu al Sefirat HaOmer."
"And Commanded us regarding the Counting of the Omer."
"O Compassionate One! May He return for us"
"Avodat Bayt HaMikdash Li'mekomo"
"the Service of the Temple to its Place"
"bimhayra be'yameinu. Amen; Selah."
"speedily and in our time. Amen; Selah.
Various customs exist which include additional prayers before and after the counting.