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Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Series by Rabbi Dovid Horowitz שליט׳א

Part 10 - The Laws Of Sefiras Ha'Omer

Since 1864, Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried's Kitzur Shulchan Aruch has been one of the world's most widely used Halachic guides for daily Jewish living. No work of Halachah has been reprinted so many times in so many countries. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch is the definitive text for studying all of the basic Jewish laws that have been in regular practice for centuries.

Counting Omer.

From the second night of Passover until the day before the holiday of Shavuot, the Jewish people engage in an unique mitzvah called Sefirat HaOmer (counting of the Omer). The Torah commands us that during this time each year we count seven complete weeks, for a total of 49 days. At the end of the seven-week period we celebrate Shavuot, which means "weeks."

Counting Omer is considered a mitzvah, so the count, which takes place each night, is preceded by a blessing. However, we may recite the blessing only if we have not missed a single day’s counting. If we have omitted the counting even one night during that stretch (and did not make it up during the daytime without reciting the blessing), we may no longer recite the blessing, but instead must listen as another person says the blessing and then do the counting.

During the times of the Holy Temple, at the beginning of the Omer count and on the following holiday of Shavuot, special grain offerings were brought. These offerings were waved in different directions, similar to how the lulav is waved during the holiday of Sukkot, to demonstrate G‑d Almighty’s all-encompassing presence.

Why do we count these days? We learn several reasons. The foremost is that the count demonstrates our excitement for the impending occasion of receiving the Torah, celebrated on Shavuot. Just as a child often counts the days until the end of school or an upcoming family vacation, we count the days to show our thrill at again receiving the Torah (as we do in fact receive the Torah in a renewed sense every year).

We also learn that this period is meant to spiritually prepare and refine ourselves. When the Jewish people were in Egypt nearly 3,400 years ago, they had assimilated many of the immoral ways of the Egyptian people. The Jews had sunk to an unprecedented level of spiritual impurity, and were on the brink of destruction. At the last possible moment, the children of Israel were miraculously redeemed. They underwent a spiritual rebirth and quickly ascended to the holiest collective state they had ever reached. They were so holy, in fact, that they were compared to angels when they stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai to receive the Torah.

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch - Table of Contents

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 1 - Laws of early morning
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 1A - Laws of sacred places
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 2 - Laws of Blessings
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 2A -  Laws of Mezuzah
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 3 -  Laws of Preparing for Prayer
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 3A - The Laws of Shema
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 3B -  Laws of Shemoneh Esrei
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 3C - Seasonal Inserts in Ameda
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 4 -  The Laws of Chanukah
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 5 - Character Development
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 6 - Prohibition of Lashon Hara, Grudge
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 6A - For The Sake Of Heaven
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 7 - Laws of Purim
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 8 - Laws of Pesach 1
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 9 - Laws of Pesach 2
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 10 - Laws of Sefiras Ha'Omer
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 11 - Laws of Danger
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 12 - Laws of Tzedakah
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 13 - Laws of Kashrus
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 14 - The Laws of Non Jewish Bread Food Milk
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 15 - Eating Before a Bread Meal
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 16 - The Laws of Washing Hands Before Eating Bread
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 17 - The Laws of Breaking Bread & The Bracha of Hamotzei
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 18 - The Laws of Proper Conduct for a Meal
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 19 - The Laws of Different Foods During the Meal
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 20 - The Laws of Mayim Achronim (The Final Waters)
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 21 - The Laws of Kosher Foods
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 22 - The Laws Of ELUL & The High Holidays
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 23 - The Laws Of Rosh HaShanah
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 24 - The Laws Of 10 Days of Repentance
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 25 - The Laws Of Sukkos
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 26 - The Laws of The Wine of a Non Jew
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 27 - The Laws of Brachos Upon Foods Made of the 5 Species of Grains
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 28 - The Laws of Brachos on Wine
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 29 - The Laws Of Brachos On Food, Drink & Fragrances
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 30 - The Laws of After Brachos
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 31 - The Laws of Brachos upon fruits, vegetables & other non-grain items
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 32 - The Laws of Brachos on Fruit Juices and Broths
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 33 - The Laws of Brachos upon The Primary and Secondary Food
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 34 - The Laws of the Order of Brachos upon Fruits and Vegetables
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 35 - What if You made the wrong Bracha?
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 36 - The Laws of making a bracha on one food and changing your mind to eat more.
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 37 - The Laws of making a bracha on fragrance
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 38 - The Laws of making a bracha of She'Hechiyanu and Tov V'hameitiv
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 39 - The Laws of making a blessings on things you see
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 40 - The Laws of making a blessings when Surviving Dangerous Situations
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 41 - The Laws of Business Transactions
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 42 - The Laws of Verbal Abuse & Deceiving people
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 43 - The Laws of Passover (Pesach)
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 44 - The Laws of counting Omer (Sefiras Ha'Omer)
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 45 - Not Doing Business With Things That Are Prohibited
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 46 - Lending Money With Interest
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 47 - The Laws of Vows and Oaths
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 48 - The Laws of Wayfarer's Prayer
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 49 - The Nighttime Routine
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 50 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 1
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 51 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 2, A Non Jew Who Does Work For A Jew On Shabbos
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 52 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 3, Sailing on a Boat Before and On Shabbos
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 53 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 4, The Prayers Of Shabbos & Yom Tov
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Part 54 - The Laws of Shabbat - Part 5, The Laws of Kiddush & Meals on Shabbos
The Laws Of Sefiras Ha'Omer
#202. The Order of The Seder Plate, The Kittel & Having Everything Ready

#203. Don't Count By Mistake

#204. Know Which Night to Count Before Making the Bracha

#205. Customs of Mourning During The Sefira & Lag b'Omer

#206. The 2nd Half of Sefira

#207. Making a Bris, Engagement & Prayers for the 1st Night of Shavuos