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Lot #    8871
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 11:15:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Omer calendar
Title (Hebrew)    ספירת העומר
Author    [Unrecorded]
City    Prague
Publisher    Scholl & Landauischen Buchdrukerei
Publication Date    1825
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Broadside, 331:400 mm., light age staininh, creased and split on folds. Unrecorded in the bibliography.
          
Detailed
Description
   Wall chart of the liturgy in boxes with the corresponding number for each date in the period between Passover and Shavuot. The injunction to count the 49 days from the 16th of Nisan until Shavuot is considered to be at present time of rabbinic authority only. The 49 days themselves are commonly known as the sefirah. The counting is preceded by a special benediction "... concerning the counting of the Omer."

The kabbalists used the 49 days (7 X 7) to form permutations of various sefirot denoting the ascent out of the 49 "gates" of impurity of the Egyptian bondage to the purity of the revelation at Sinai. In many prayer books these combinations are printed at the side of each day listed.

In order not to forget the count of the day it was fairly common practice to have an "Omer calendar" in the home with movable numbers on it. These "calendars" even developed into an art form and several early specimens show intricate work and lettering. .

          
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Other:    Bohemia
  
Subject
Liturgy:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
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Posters:    Checked