Sfiras HaOmer – Remembering to Count

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  • #589668

    22OldGold
    Participant

    Sfiras HaOmer is coming up. Does anyone have any tips for how to remember to count. I always want to but mess up somehow.

    #646039

    Jax
    Member

    22OldGold; last year there was a place to subscribe to get nightly textes from as a reminder! if i hear about it this year i’ll post the number of it!

    #646040

    whatshaiches
    Member

    set reminders on your cellphone through your calender and/or I think my zmanim has a text message service for this. Another idea is the ou sefirah reminder (do a google search on it).

    #646041

    Refer to a luach (calender) that has each day of the Sifirat written on each day during the 49 days.

    #646042

    There is a number to text to(i dont know offhand I’ll try finding it), and every night they will text you at the same time a reminder to count.

    #646043

    kapusta
    Participant

    you can sign up on the OU’s web site for nightly reminders, and try putting an alarm on your phone. Good Luck and let us know by shavuos time that you completed it this year.

    *kapusta*

    #646044

    mamashtakah
    Member

    1. Download and install Sefira Counter (Google it). It even allows you to set up the minutes after sunset you wait in the evening, as well as an exact location.

    2. If you can, daven with a minyan every night.

    #646046

    qaws
    Member

    To get the nightly text reminders, text the word “sefira” to 41411

    #646047

    aussieboy
    Participant

    I forgot on the first night.

    #646048

    Jax
    Member

    aussie: that happened to me one year too! oh well!

    #646049

    moish01
    Member

    you gotta be kidding, aussie. didn’t everyone say it at the same time before you started the seder? you’re so bad – even i didn’t forget 😉

    #646050

    anonymisss
    Participant

    aussie, you sound like me;( I did that last year and felt like the biggest loser.

    ~a~

    #646051

    aussieboy
    Participant

    moish: We say it after the seder, but I was tired so I finished up quick before everyone else.

    #646052

    moish01
    Member

    what does that mean, you finished up quick?

    you’re so bad, because you can stick around till 5 AM on here, but you can’t stay with your family till 1 or 2. you know you did that on purpose… 😉

    #646053

    aussieboy
    Participant

    moihs: I mean i just said it by myself faster than everyone else and I didnt go to sleep.

    #646054

    moish01
    Member

    so why didn’t you count? i’m lost.

    #646055

    aussieboy
    Participant

    moish: Because no one reminded me and i wasnt around when everyone else said it at the end of the seder.

    #646056

    moish01
    Member

    oh well whatever. either way you missed it. let’s see if i make it this year – i don’t think i’ve ever messed up yet.

    #646057

    aussieboy
    Participant

    moish: Good luck.

    #646058

    moish01
    Member

    thanks. this year’s gonna be a little different but i think my father is the type to remind me.

    #646059

    Jax
    Member

    moish & everyone: hatzlacha with sayin sefira every night!

    #646060

    moish01
    Member

    thanks you too

    #646061

    Jax
    Member

    moish: your welcome buddy!

    #646062

    aussieboy
    Participant

    Anyone want to wish me luck? You can wish it for next year. 😉

    #646064

    d a
    Member

    So this is what we got so far:

    Text “SEFIRA” to 41411

    Or from the OU: click on this link https://secure2.convio.net/ou/site/SSurvey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=1141 and fill out the form (check the “Sefirah Reminder” box)

    And MyZmanim: http://www.myzmanim.com/ and follow the instructions.

    If you know any more, let us know.

    Hatzlacha Rabbah! May we all be zoche to reach the 50th level of Kedusha. Remember, counting is supposed to be a reminder to come closer to Hashem. Even if you messed up, Hashem will still take you back without the counting.

    If you missed a day, you can be yoyzeh with someone else’s Brocha. When davening for the amud, the Chazzan is supposed to have in mind anyone who can not make the Brocha.

    #646065

    anonymisss
    Participant

    best of luck to you, moish and jax! Hope you both and everyone else make it til the end.

    aussie, an early good luck to you for next year!

    ~a~

    #646066

    Just counted here – have set reminders on both my phone and email for each evening

    #646068

    aussieboy
    Participant

    anonymisss: Thanks 🙂

    #646069

    Jax
    Member

    aussie: hatzlacha…………for next year buddy!

    #646070

    22OldGold
    Participant

    aussie – hatzlocah. I also almost forgot. Luckily someone at the Seder remembered and said it so I just said it then to0.

    I know someone who put a sign on their bed to say sefira, but don’t know if it worked.

    #646071

    ichbinayid
    Member

    Text sefira to 41411 and reply Y… Awesome!

    #646072

    YW Moderator-42
    Moderator
    #646074

    22OldGold
    Participant

    I did that. It’s really great. It tells you what to say for the day.

    #646075

    YW Moderator-72
    Participant

    thanks 42, I just signed up.

    #646076

    chofetzchaim
    Member

    Here is an interesting email that was forwarded to me:

    This is Gedalia Max from Brooklyn NY, Dean of Yeshivas Hamatmonin, a home schooling yeshiva elementary and high school for boys and girls separate who can’t succeed in a regular yeshiva

    I want to mention that B”H I discovered an easy way how to remember the Sefiras HaOmer day by having a special number. For instance, the first day of sefira this year was April 9th and by subtracting 9 minus 1 the answer is 8 and therefore if we subtract the number 8 from the April date we will know the sefira for that day. For example, today is April 29th and if we subtract the number 8 we will have tonight’s sefira number.

    If a person forgets to count sefira at night time and remembers the next day if he subtracts the number 9 from the April date he will know the day’s sefira. For instance, by subtracting 9 from tomorrow’s date of April 30th he will know the sefira number of the day.

    On May 1st he will have to add the number 22 to the may date to know the Friday night sefira and the number 22 to all the May dates and for the daytime sefira if he forgot to count at night he adds the number 21 to the May day’s date. So, on Shabbos during the day of May 2nd he adds the number 21 to know the daytime sefiras haomer number

    Therefore, if someone is sitting next to a gentile on the subway he can’t ask him what sefira it is but he can ask him what’s the English date and with the special number he can know what the sifera is. On the other hand if he’s sitting next to a chasidisha person on the subway he can’t ask him what the English date is but he can ask him what the sefira is and then he can use the special number to know what the English date is.

    Also, I don’t just count sefira after mariv but also after shachres and mincha also (without a bracha of course) and other times also so then I don’t have to remember if I counted sefira the night before since I counted yesterdays sefira during the day.

    Also since the chinuch says that one of the reasons that we count the

    omer is because the Jewish people are to compared to a chossen who counts the days when he will be getting married and the Jewish people are also very excited and count the days when they will receive the Torah and be connected to the rebono shel olom and we know that the chossen doesn’t think just once a day about when he’s going to get married but many times during the day. So too, by our counting many times during the day we are fulfilling the mitzva with the proper devotion.

    Thank you very much. Gedalia Max, Brooklyn NY, Yeshvas Hamatmonim

    #646077

    anonymisss
    Participant

    I get the sefira text. Guess what? I forgot on shabbos.

    ~a~

    #646078

    kapusta
    Participant

    anonymisss, making it that far is still better than most people. 🙂

    *kapusta*

    #646079

    anonymisss
    Participant

    kapusta, thanx, except it wasn’t this shabbos it was last.

    ~a~

    #646080

    aussieboy
    Participant

    anonymisss: If its any comfort I forgot the first night lol

    #646081

    kapusta
    Participant

    anonymisss, doesnt make a difference, you got XX (cant sit and figure it out now) extra. Its still good.

    *kapusta*

    #646082

    anonymisss
    Participant

    aussie, i did that one year;)

    kapusta, thanx.

    so, who’s still counting?

    ~a~

    #646083

    moish01
    Member

    believe it or not- i am.

    ok, i cheat- my father comes in to my room every night to remind me.

    #646084

    kapusta
    Participant

    me.

    moish, you dont believe in a reminder on your phone?

    *kapusta*

    #646085

    Jax
    Member

    me

    #646086

    moish01
    Member

    well i don’t need one because then i wouldn’t need my father and i’d rather have him than an alarm or a text message…

    so i didn’t tell him about the message and if he knows it exists he didn’t tell me.

    #646087

    YW Moderator-72
    Participant

    you wouldn’t expect a mod to forget to count… I’m still in.

    #646088

    anonymisss
    Participant

    moish, good for you;)

    kapusta, good for you;)

    jax, good for you;)

    I’m jealous.

    ~a~

    #646089

    anonymisss
    Participant

    well i don’t need one because then i wouldn’t need my father and i’d rather have him than an alarm or a text message…

    so i didn’t tell him about the message and if he knows it exists he didn’t tell me.

    moish, that’s so nice. either you have a good dad or you’re a good son;)

    ~a~

    #646090

    Jax
    Member

    anonymisss: i vote for both on that one! 😉

    #646091

    moish01
    Member

    hm which one… i don’t think i would be able to call myself a good son (he probably wants to kill me) but yeah he’s pretty good.

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