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How does the counting of the Omer connect Passover and Shavuot?
The holiday of Shavuot is a direct extension of Passover. In fact, technically Shavuot doesn’t have a fixed date of the month—it is the 50th...

Why the semi-mourning period between Passover and Shavuot?
The primary reason is that during this time a terrible tragedy took place some 2,000 years ago: Almost all of Rabbi Akiba’s 24,000 students passed...

When does the mourning period of the Omer start and end?
The Omer is a period of mourning; 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiba (1st-2nd Century sage and one of the greatest Jewish leaders of all time) passed away...

What exactly is prohibited during the Omer mourning period?
During the days of mourning it is forbidden to: 1. Get married.1 2.  Take a haircut or shave. [A practicing rabbi should be consulted if one feels...

Is it permitted to celebrate an engagement party during the counting of the Omer?
Yes, but without music or dancing. According to Halachah, engagements are never to be delayed. Even on Tishah b'Av, the saddest day of the year, it is...

Can a wedding celebrating the second marriage of both spouses be scheduled for the Omer?
No, you will have to wait just a little bit longer... During the Omer we refrain from having joyous events, and a second marriage is quite a happy event.

Why is it customary to study Ethics of our Fathers during the Omer period?
Firstly, let's talk a little about this custom: Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers) contains six chapters,* and there are six Shabbatot between...

Where can I find Avot (Ethics of Our Fathers) on the web?
http://www.chabad.org/library/article.asp?AID=5708

Can you recommend any good books on Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Fathers)?
Literally thousands of books have been written, explaining the timeless wisdom of Pirkei Avot. The following two books offer the chassidic perspective:...

How do I count the Omer if I cross the International Dateline?
Complicated question. First, let me elaborate on your question: Someone who crosses the International Date Line while traveling eastwards (for example,...

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