- Lot Number 53453
- Title (English) Omer calendar
- Title (Hebrew) סדר ספירת העומר
- Note Miniature
- City Reggio
- Publisher דפוס חנניה אלחנן חי כהן
- Publication Date 1810
- Estimated Price - Low 1,000
- Estimated Price - High 2,000
- Item # 2395523
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112 pp., 32°, 84:68 mm., light age and damp staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in modern leather over boards.
Pocket size prayer book for the evening services and the counting of the omer. 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. .
סדר ספירת העומר : עם איזה כונות המיוחדות לכל לילה ולילה...
Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 # 000174092; Roest p. 717; Vinograd, Reggio #12