COUNT AWAY AND READY THAT BONFIRE: LAG B’OMER IS TOMORROW!
Take the time this counting of the omer to check out this calendar.
During the time of the Second Temple, there was a commandment to bring a set amount of barley on the second day of Passover. This set amount of barley was known as an omer. After counting 49 days from the giving of the omer, on the 50th day there was a commandment to bring the first offering of the year to theTemple. Although there is no longer a Temple, Jews are still obliged to count the 49 days.
This commandment to count the omer comes from the Biblical verse: “And from the day on which you bring the sheaf of wave offering – the day after the Sabbath – you shall count off seven weeks” (Lev. 23:15). The process of counting led to the creation of calendars to aid in the process of the omer.
This particular calendar (mid 20th century) is written on parchment and is illuminated with different images. The parchments are housed in a case that was made later. There are two knobs on either side for advancing the parchment. The wooden case is decorated with silver appliqué engraving that have the names of the 12 tribes inscribed along with engravings of animals and an abbreviated name of G-d. There is little known about this calendar, but the initials N.D. is found on the bottom of the case which could perhaps be the name of the owner.
Omer Calendar, 20th Century. Collection of Yeshiva University Museum (F341)