Baal Shem Tov, or Besht — the founder of Chasidism —
The Omer Widget
לעילוי נשמת אבי עזריאל גודל בן אפרים הלוי וידידיה, For my father, Richard Gary Seidenberg
The widget below will also keep count of the Omer between Passover and Shavuot. If you keep it up at other times, it will display a quote from Torah or Kabbalah on your web page (hopefully this year it will be a new quote every few weeks). Check it out and put it on your website for the Omer or for the whole year. Also get more Omer resources, including the Omer Counter app for iPhone and Droid, here.
I've reconfigured the widget so that after midnight the date changes but not the count. The count changes the following day at 5PM. The heading also changes at 5AM from "Tonight is" to "Today is" where this is displayed.
There are three text versions: one with a bigger graphic, one more compact, and one text-only. The fourth version uses beautiful illustrations of plants, with the count hand-lettered in the illustration. Below those you'll see the code to center the widget (for those who don't know html).
I created this widget during my father's illness and offered it as a prayer for his healing. To my great sadness he died during the Omer of 2007, so it is now dedicated to his memory.
Counting the entire Omer period is one of those mitzvot that is absolutely simple and yet so very hard for people like myself. I think I've only managed to count the entire way (all 49 days) three times in my life. (I am sorry to say that my father, z"l, died during the omer in the year that I made the widget, so that wasn't one of the times.) The widget you see above keeps the count of the Omer and will remind you and visitors to your website starting a few days before Pesach. After Shavuot it can display brief traditional teachings related to Jewish "eco-spirituality". Toggle the date and time on your computer to see how it works for different times. See the top two widgets in place on neohasid's homepage.
I hope you enjoy this! ~ Reb Duvid
Thank you so much for making this; I've been wanting something like it for years!
Posted by: Rachel at April 16, 2008 7:17 PM
this is great but i think it's not right? It's fixed! ~ Reb Duvid
Posted by: phyllis at April 21, 2008 3:07 AM
Great idea. Happy omer counting. I'm starting up my omer journal again this year.
Posted by: Shai Gluskin at April 23, 2008 5:37 AM
Thank you, Reb David, for making this beautiful, and useful, link between the old and the new!
Posted by: Dinah at April 30, 2008 4:47 PM
This is a great resource, thank you! I've just added it to my blog.
Posted by: alto artist at May 5, 2008 2:18 PM
This song is beautiful!!!
Posted by: Danika at May 29, 2008 5:31 AM
Thanks for the beautiful graphic with the blessing and the anabekoach versions. Haunting.
Posted by: Lauren Deutsch at April 2, 2010 8:39 AM
Joseph Smith from England asked me April 5, 2013 why the app changed its count at 2AM, and the reason is entirely a legacy from the widget. But because of his question I changed the widget, so that it changes at 5PM and for the larger widgets says "Today" during the day and "Tonight" in the evening. David Cooper has now changed the Omer Counter app so that it changes at precise sunrise/sunset times using GPS. Here's how the original widget came to change count at 2AM, for anyone who might be interested:
Design in progress © Rabbi David Mevorach Seidenberg 2006