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. New for this year, it will also help you count the seven weeks from Tisha B'Av to Rosh Hashanah. For each day of the Omer (and similarly for the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah), 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. (An omer is a measure of grain, like a bushel.) 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 qualities correspond to each day has been part of the ritual of counting the Omer since the Middle Ages. The app keeps track of the days and the Sefirot and also includes quotes and intentions for each day. There is also a modern custom, based on the Sefirot and counting the Omer, to similarly count the days from Tisha B'Av to Rosh Hashanah.
You can find more instructions and information about counting the Omer at: http://neohasid.org/omer/count_the_omer/
If you want to remove the banner, you can also buy the paid version of the app, which has some additional features.
This release adds capability to count the seven weeks from Tisha B'Av to Rosh Hashanah, from Malkhut to Chesed, with new quotes for each day.
Ratings and Reviews
Nice App but bit of a problem
I don’t know what I did but think the calendar is now a bit off since attempting to modify date during Passover. I can only use this as a reminder now and not rely on what the actual count day is. Sometimes it’s right and sometimes it’s wrong. Kind of strange that happens.
"I counted today!" box issue
I have really enjoyed using this app to count the omer this year. I love the sefirot diagram, and I especially love the 40-day progress counter that fills in with the colorful circles.
Unfortunately, if you count but don't check the "I counted today!" box EVERY day, the circles won't fill in. This is a problem for Shabbat and any other time you may count without the app. I'd love to have a backtracking option so I can retroactively check off those days and see my full colored-in diagram at the end!
If this is addressed, I will adjust my rating to 5 stars.
Thanks for this simple, free, and colorful omer counting app!
Developer Response ,
I’m glad you are enjoying the app! You can click the calendar, then the yesterday button to click that you counted on Shabbat. If you need to go back further, you can do that as well, but it only works a month or two after the omer ends. If you want to test it, you can change the date and time on your phone to June 30,2018, and you’ll see that you can click the “I counted” box as far back as May 2, 2018.
This is a really great app, thank you!
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- David Cooper
- 4.7 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2009-2020 David G. Cooper, Rabbi David M. Seidenberg, and neohasid.org
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.