| Omer: Manual - Version
The Omer application makes it convenient to count the Omer on your
Palm organizer, by displaying the complete text of the Omer, and
automatically showing the correct information for each day of the
Omer based on the current date of your Palm organizer. You have
the ability to set up alarms and track the days you counted the
In order to use Omer, you must have Luach installed and running. Omer will work even
if Luach Integration is not checked. You do not need Hebrew on your Palm.
Omer can be used on all current models of the Palm Computing Platform
running PalmOS 3.0 and higher.
The first time you use Omer, you will be
asked to setup several features.
Besides this manual, tips can be read by tapping on the "i"
in the upper right corner of certain screens.
NOTE: If you had Omer previously on your Palm organizer, you will not get this message.
You can always adjust these settings another time.
Start With:Tap one of the two choices to set which screen will be the
first one displayed in the Omer prayer.
Hineni - the Omer prayer will start with the Hineni
screen and after you tap the Next button, the Bracha screen
Bracha - the Omer prayer starts directly with the Bracha
The default setting is Hineni.
The first time you run version 1.11 of Omer, you will be
see a screen that notifies you which city Luach has set up
as your default city. This city is used in calculating dusk
for each day of the Omer. To change your default city, tap
the Go To Luach button.
Omer Counting History:
You have the choice of having the Omer counting be recorded
in a table. During the Omer, tap on the History button,
to view this table, and to see how you many nights you have
counted the Omer using your Palm organizer.
There are 3 choices to set the Omer Counting History.
Automatic - After each time you finish the Omer Bracha
display screen, it will automatically record that Omer was
said for that night.
Query - When you exit the Omer Bracha display screen,
a query will pop up, asking you if you would like to record
this entry or not.
Manual - Here you will need to go to the History screen
and set the switch yourself for each night.
The default setting is Automatic.
What is an alarm?
The Palm organizer will automatically sound an alarm and show
a reminder screen that it is time to count the Omer. If your
Palm organizer is on, the alarm will sound, and the reminder
screen will override whatever application is on. If your Palm
organizer is turned off, it will turn on automatically, sound
the alarm, and the reminder screen will stay on the screen
for 1-3 minutes (as set in the Prefs - General - Auto-off
after). If you do not react to this first alarm, depending
on your settings, the alarm can ring again and again. Each
time the reminder screen appears on the display, you also
have the ability to choose snooze and have the alarm set again
in the future.
There are 4 options.
Every Night - every single night the alarm will ring.
Week Nights - this option excludes Friday nights and
Chagim. The Chagim are determined by the Preference settings
in the Luach application. If the Holiday schedule is set for
Israel, then only the first and last day of Pesach will be
Chag, if the Holiday schedule is set for Diaspora, then Pesach
is 8 days having the first 2 days and last 2 days set for
Once - you need to set the date and time yourself.
None - no alarm will be set
The default setting is Week Nights.
This will automatically be set based on your entry for schedule
alarms. If you tap the date, you can override the date and
change it to a later date.
The default time will be set to 9:00 pm. Tap the time to open
the Set Alarm Time dialog box. Only the Start Time has meaning
here. To change the time, tap on the right columns to change
the hours and minutes. Remember, you most probably want to
set the alarm for the evening.
The default sound is Omer Short (5 seconds). Tap on the arrow
to change to a different sound, or to choose None. The Omer
Long is 10 seconds.
Defines how many times the alarm sounds if you do not acknowledge
it. Tap on the arrow to see your choices.
Defines how often the alarm sounds. Tap on the arrow to see
|Omer Counting History
The Omer Counting History displays a table for each of the 49 days
in the Omer. The rows show the week of the Omer, and the columns
show which day of the Omer it is. Note - Week 0 is the first week
in the Omer, and Week 6 is the final week in the Omer.
Each square will either be:
Blank - day in the future
Target - current day
X - did not get counted using the Omer program
Stalk of wheat (Omer) - counted using the program
This table will be updated automatically if you set the Omer Counting
History to Automatic or Query (with a Yes response). You can tap
on a square to change its status. For instance if you want to "check
off" a Friday night when you did not use the Omer program, just
tap the X and it will change to an Omer stalk. (Future dates are
This button allows you to reset the Omer Counting
History table to indicate no days have been counted. You will need
to confirm this in a dialog box.
|Omer Prayer Screens
The Omer application consists of six screens which contain the complete
text required for counting the Omer. You can advance from one screen
to the next by tapping the "Next" button, or by pressing
the "Page Down" key. You can return to the previous screen
by tapping the "Previous" button, or by pressing the "Page
Up" key. You can exit the application by tapping the "Done"
button on the last screen, or by activating any other application
on your Palm device.
Omer Screen 1 - Hineni
Omer Screen 2 - Bracha
Omer Screen 3
Omer Screen 4
Omer Screen 5
Omer Screen 6
Omer Screen 2 contains information that can change - it changes
based on the time and date. This screen provides you with the information
that you need to say on a specific day of the Omer.
The top line of the screen shows the day of the week, and a checkbox
indicating "After Dark", or not. The second line shows
the secular date and the Jewish date, and the third line shows the
"Omer Day" and allows you to change the "Omer Day"
(and the corresponding dates as well) by tapping on the right and
left arrow buttons. If the "After Dark" checkbox is checked,
the Jewish Date and "Omer Day" will reflect the date of
the day after the secular date and the day of the week, indicating
that according to the Jewish Calendar, the new day begins in the
evening. If the "After Dark" checkbox is not checked,
the Jewish date and the "Omer Day" will match the secular
date and the day of the week. This reflects the state of the Jewish
calendar from midnight, until the next evening.
If the current date (as set on your Palm organizer) is within the
range of the "Counting of the Omer", the date that is
shown on the Omer screen is the current date. If the current time
is after 7:00 p.m., the "After Dark" checkbox will be
set, and the Jewish Date and "Omer Day" will show the
correct information for counting the Omer at night. If the current
time is before 7:00 p.m., the Jewish Date and "Omer Day"
will show the correct information for counting the Omer after midnight,
or during the day (in case you did not count the night before).
Under most circumstances, if you run the Omer application in order
to "Count the Omer", the setting will show the correct
"Omer Day". Make sure that it is correct before reciting
the "bracha". If it is not, you can change this by checking
or unchecking the "After Dark" checkbox as necessary,
or by changing the date to an earlier or later date. If you have
changed any of these settings, you can tap on the button that shows
the "Omer Day", and the information will be reset reflecting
the current date.
The last screen (Omer Screen 6) also contains information that
changes based on the "Omer Day". On this screen, the correct
"Sefira" is included in the appropriate place. The text
for that day is shown in a bold font.
If the current date on your Palm organizer is not within the range
of the "Counting of the Omer", the date that is shown
on the Omer screen is the first day of the counting of the Omer
in the following year, and the "After Dark" checkbox will
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