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. For each day of the Omer, 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. 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 quality corresponds to each day has also been part of the ritual of counting the Omer since the Middle Ages.
You can find more instructions and information about counting the Omer at: http://neohasid.org/omer/count_the_omer/
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Brought back an outer circle to mark the week and an inner circle to mark the day on the Sefirot Drawing.
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The Original and Most Inspiring (and combined with Omer Counter, the most popular)
Omer Count and Omer Counter are the original iPhone Omer apps. Also the most fun! There are no viruses or spam, it's really free and it works beautifully.
@Liam: Omer Count gives the right day. Look at the directions and you won't have a problem. @Yaakov: neohasid.org got hacked two years ago and then we fixed it. @Moshe Berman: giving bad reviews to competing apps is not a menshlikh way to promote your own app. To everyone else: Omer Count has a lot more than just the count: it will walk you through the blessing and counting if you aren't familiar with it, it won't preach at you, it has a spiritual teaching for each day, and it opens up the Kabbalistic significance of the day. There are a few other Omer apps that touch on the Kabbalah (not Moshe's), and I'm interested in trying them too. Moshe's app has alarms, which is great, but it's not beautiful or spiritual. It used to have ads and now it's $2.99. Omer Count is free and Omer Counter is $.99 and they both have all the features. Omer Count doesn't (yet) have alarms. So, that's the tradeoff. (You can always set a regular alarm and call it "Omer" no matter which app you have.)
"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 app misses the fact that in Judaism a day is from sunset to sunset. This app rolls over to the next day at midnight before the sunset of the next day, therefor the count is wrong for 20 hours out of 24 hours.
Developer Response ,
By default the app doesn't use your location, so it uses 5pm as a darkness time, but by using the settings tab, you can set your location to be used for computing sunset, and an appropriate counting time.
- David Cooper
- 4 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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- © 2009-2018 David G. Cooper, Rabbi David M. Seidenberg, and neohasid.org
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.