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Omer calendar, Oran 1856

ספר לחם שעורים - Liturgy - Miniature

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  • Lot Number 54040
  • Title (English) Omer calendar
  • Title (Hebrew) ספר לחם שעורים
  • Note Miniature - Liturgy - Only Edition
  • City Oran
  • Publisher Ad Perrier
  • Publication Date 1856
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2515591
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Physical Description:

Only edition, 73 pp., 32°, 105:72 mm., light age and damp staining, nice margins, A good copy not bound.


Detailed Description:   

Pocket size prayer book for the evening services and the counting of the Omer. Instructions and translation in Arabic.

The injunction to count the 49 days from the 16th of Nisan until Shavuot is considered to be at present time of rabbinic authority only. The 49 days themselves are commonly known as the sefirah. The counting is preceded by a special benediction "... concerning the counting of the Omer."

The kabbalists used the 49 days (7 X 7) to form permutations of various sefirot denoting the ascent out of the 49 "gates" of impurity of the Egyptian bondage to the purity of the revelation at Sinai. In many prayer books these combinations are printed at the side of each day listed.

In order not to forget the count of the day it was fairly common practice to have an "Omer calendar" in the home with movable numbers on it. These "calendars" even developed into an art form and several early specimens show intricate work and lettering. .


Hebrew Description:    

עם תפלת מעריב, ומזמורים שאומרים קודם תפלת ערבית... ודיני ספירת עומר בלשון אשכנז, וגם תפלת הדרך...


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