Tuesday, February 16, 2016

When does Counting of Omer start?

Here is the interesting question... When does Counting of Omer starts? Let's take a look:
YLT Lv 23:9 And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying,
YLT Lv 23:10 'Speak unto the sons of Israel, and thou hast said unto them, When ye come in unto the land which I am giving to you, and have reaped its harvest, and have brought in the sheaf, the beginning of your harvest unto the priest, 
YLT Lv 23:11 then he hath waved the sheaf before Jehovah for your acceptance; on the morrow of the sabbath doth the priest wave it. 
YLT Lv 23:15 'And ye have numbered to you from the morrow of the sabbath, from the day of your bringing in the sheaf of the wave-offering: they are seven perfect sabbaths;
YLT Dt 16:9 'Seven weeks thou dost number to thee; from the beginning of the sickle among the standing corn thou dost begin to number seven weeks, 
As you can see, Torah clearly says when Counting of Omer is to start. If you will look at traditional calendar, you will see that Counting of Omer begins on Passover Day (1st of Passover). This is wrong because different holidays can't overlap each other, start on the same day or happen in the same period of time.

Jewish tradition quotes the book of Joshua to defend their beginning of the count during Passover week. This is obviously wrong, because Joshua is not Written Torah, so it may be made up crap that we are stressing about for no reason.

Joshua 5:10-12 states, that they ate natural increase of the year. So there was no need to wait for other places in Canaan. After that, when the tribes spread all over the Canaan, the harvest and waving of the 1st Sheaf would happen later, because the average harvest time would also happen later.

So what the Book of Joshua describes was a one time thing and in no way an indicator of how we are to observe the Counting.

At the same time, Torah clearly states that it has to be first complete week Shabbat right after Passover, so perhaps it means if harvest was delayed, the count start later (after a later Shabbat). Perhaps, it was up to the High Priest to announce at which Shabbat the count would begin. But DEFINITELY AFTER Passover.  

The point is, all observed the count together at the same time. Everyone would start and finish counting on the same day, because 50th of Omer is a Holy Meeting with servile work restrictions, so it means that everyone observed Counting of Omer at one particular time.

The day of the beginning of the count was determined by the High Priest.

Please note that beginning of the count was determined according to the barley/flax harvests of the Land of Canaan. (Lev 23:10).

Helpful tip: you know that your count is correct if 50th of Omer fall AFTER Summer Solstice.

So we start the count from 1st Shabbat when we bring wave-offering. According to all materials that I have, it should definitely be after Passover week.

According to my calendar, the EARLIEST TIME Wave Sheaf and Counting can start would be the 1st of the 2nd Month.

Hope this information helps.

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