Counting the omer is a biblical practice done for 49 days that leads the nation of Israel to celebrate Shavuot (i.e., Pentecost or The Feast of Weeks), a contrasting festival to the Passover Seder.
10 Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you enter the land I (Yahweh) am giving you and you harvest its first crops, bring the priest a bundle of grain from the first cutting of your grain harvest (i.e., the omer). 11 On the day after the Sabbath, the priest will lift the omer up before Yahweh so (that the first fruits of your harvest) may be accepted on your behalf. 13 With it (the first fruits of your harvest) you must present a grain offering consisting of four quarts of choice flour moistened with olive oil. It will be a special gift, a pleasing aroma to Yahweh. You must also offer one quart of wine as a liquid offering. 14 Do not eat any bread or roasted grain or fresh kernels on that day until you bring this offering to your Elohim. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation wherever you live.
15 “From the day after the Sabbath—the day you bring the bundle of grain to be lifted up as a special offering—count off seven full weeks. 16 Keep counting until the day after the seventh Sabbath, fifty days later. Then present an offering of new grain to Yahweh. 17 From wherever you live, bring two loaves of bread to be lifted up before Yahweh as a special offering. Make these loaves from four quarts of choice flour, and bake them with yeast. They (i.e., these two loaves of bread) will be an offering to Yahweh from the first of your crops. 21 That same day (i.e., Shavuot, Pentecost or The Feast of Weeks) will be proclaimed an official day for holy assembly, a day on which you do no ordinary work. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation wherever you live.
Leviticus 23:10-11, 13-17 and 21
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