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.’.
Pentecost(Shavuot) – Is the giving of the Torah at Sinai and the giving of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) to the Church [Sivan 6-7] (Major Holiday).
The Omer count is 49 days after Passover, on 4/6/15 will be the 2nd day of the Omer counting. A prayer is cited
and the reading of section [Alef]….Psalm 119: 1-8 is read on the 1st day of the Omer (16 Nisan)……April 5th. Section [Bet]….Psalm 119: 9-16 is read on the 2nd day of the Omer (17 Nisan)…..April 6th, and you continue on with your readings of the Psalm 119 sections (Gimel) through section (Tav) ending on the [7 Iyar]……April 26th.
On April 27 [8 Iyar] Begin reading Psalm 106:1-8 and carry on reading the verses each day until you complete Psalm 106 on Shabbat May 2 [13 Iyar].
On May 3rd [14 Iyar] Begin reading Psalm 18:1-8 and carry on reading the verses each day until you complete Psalm 18 on May 8th [19 Iyar].
On May 9th [20 Iyar] Begin reading Psalm 78:1-8 and carry on reading the verses each day until you complete Psalm 78 on May 17 [28 Iyar].
On May 18 Begin reading Psalm 86:1-8 and carry on reading the verses each day until you complete Psalm 86 on May 19th [1 Sivan].
On May 20th [2 Sivan] Begin reading Psalm 105:1-10 and carry on reading the verses daily until you complete Psalm 105 on May 24th [6 Sivan]….Shavuot(Pentecost). Where the counting of the Omer has been completed.
Note: Each day before you begin your reading you should say the blessing (The cited prayer above). Every evening, from the 2nd night of Passover, Nisan 16th, to the night before Shavuot the blessing is to be recited before starting the count of the Omer.
Have a blessed Pesach – יש לי פסח מבורך
Bob Jackson – בוב ג’קסון