Compte du Omer
To learn about the Omer, and more specifically Lag Ba’omer
To learn about the life, times and teachings of Rabbi Akiva
To learn about Lag ba’omer in connection with Rabbi Akiva
To understand some ideas as to why BA is named after Rabbi Akiva
There is a mitzva for us to count 49 days, 7 weeks, between Pesach and Shavuot. In fact, the Torah doesn’t even give us a date for Shavuot, it simply tells us that it is the 50th day after Pesach. Originally this time was the period that we could not eat new wheat. On shavuot they would bring the korban omer, and then wheat grown that year could be eaten.