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Omer calendar, Vienna 1818

סדר ספירות העומר - Liturgy - Miniature

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  • Lot Number 54384
  • Title (English) Omer calendar
  • Title (Hebrew) סדר ספירות העומר
  • Note Miniature - Liturgy
  • City Vienna
  • Publisher Anton Schmid
  • Publication Date 1818
  • Estimated Price - Low 500
  • Estimated Price - High 1,000

  • Item # 2601676
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Physical Description:

64 ff., 32°, 100:68 mm., light age and use staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary vellum wrappers.


Detailed Description:   

Pocket size prayer book for the evening services and the counting of the omer. Instructions in Hebrew. 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 מעריב בזמנה וכל המזמורים ושייכי’ בכל יום שאין אומרים תחנה. גם הוספנו סדר קריאת הנשיאים מן ר"ח [ראש חודש] ניסן עד יב בו.

עם תפילות למוצאי שבת.



Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000310258