Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Judaism An ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to 1/10 ephah, about 3.5 liters (3.7 quarts).
  • n. An offering of a sheaf or an omer of the first harvest of barley to a priest in the Temple on the second day of Passover.
  • n. A 49-day liturgical season, originally a harvest festival, from the second day of Passover to the first day of Shavuot, during which marriages are prohibited and signs of mourning are observed, except during Passover and on Lag b'Omer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dry measure of ancient Israel, one tenth of an ephah.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Hebrew measure, the tenth of an ephah. See ephah.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A handful of grain: a sheaf.
  • n. A Hebrew dry measure equal to the tenth part of an ephah, or 3½ quarts.
  • n. A handful of grain; a sheaf.
  • n. A Hebrew dry measure equal to the tenth part of an ephah.

Etymologies

Hebrew 'ōmer; see ġmr in Semitic roots. Sense 2b, from the offering of a sheaf of barley on the second day of Passover.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew עמר (’ōmer, "sheaf"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Bleich creates an analogy between ovum donation and grain before and after the omer which is what determines its permissibility or prohibition for eating.

    Reproductive Technology, New (NRT).

  • Please feel free to contact him at omer.kem@bissellprocycling.com.

    Inside the Caravan with Omer Kem: What am I getting in to?

  • He also said Molvi omer, Ex spokes man of TTP resigned because he had no Telephone Facility in Bajor (I think Faqir Muhammad contacted BBC with Telepathy without using Phone because Bajor has no telephone Facility)

    BBC , Disinformation and TTP New Leader

  • The Shulhan Arukh rules that counting the omer “is a mitzvah for everyone” (Orah Hayyim 489: 1); the operative halakhah, however, is that women are not obligated but may choose to observe this obligation.

    Festivals and Holy Days.

  • They are: counting the omer; dwelling in a sukkah during the Sukkot festival; waving the lulav on Sukkot; and hearing the shofar on Rosh ha-Shanah, all commandments that are to be performed at fixed times.

    Festivals and Holy Days.

  • There is a dispute over whether or not women are included in the commandment to count the omer during the seven weeks between the second evening of Passover and the festival of Shavuot.

    Festivals and Holy Days.

  • The Magen Avraham (Abraham Abele ben Hayyim ha-Levi Gombiner, c. 1637 – 1683) claims that since women have taken upon themselves to count the days of the omer, they are now equal to men in their obligation.

    Nature of Women.

  • Normally Muslims would violently protest around the world not against cartoons but against terror by other Muslims. what would you say? omer wrote; “but i want to see this respect to my religion, too. ”

    The radical culture of offense « BuzzMachine

  • You cannot demand respect of your rules with no respect to ours. omer wrote; “I am muslim, and our religion requires us to respect all the other religions (not only the trio of islam, christianity, judaism), ”

    The radical culture of offense « BuzzMachine

  • The Karaites (like the Boethusians, well-known to Jewish calendar geeks) interpret “the day after the sabbath” (Leviticus 23:15) literally, to mean the day after Shabbat, so they start counting the omer on the Saturday night of Pesach, and Shavuot always comes out on Sunday.

    Blogging the omer | Jewschool

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