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The Omer Offering

The Omer Offering
Despite the fact that the Omer offering was offered during Passover -"from the morrow after the day of rest"- in honor of the end Sefirat HaOmer (the counting of the Omer), and the arrival of the holiday of Shavuot, we present a "musical first fruits" in the form of the song, "Na'aged Agadim (We will bind bundles) or as it is also known, "Shir Me'agdei Ha'omer (song of the sheave bundlers) and "Omer, omer tevuah chadashah" (sheaves, sheaves, new wheat).

The song was written by Zerubavel Gilad and composed by Shalom Postolsky, whose archive is kept in the Music Collection and Music Archive of the National Library. The manuscript of the song contains instructions for its performance: "the song can be sung as a canon. The second voice should start at mark 2. The first voice continues…in two additional texts." We chose to present an interesting version of the song that convey its agricultural nature. It was performed by the Kibbutz Naan Choir, was recorded in 1954. Note the original arrangement that includes the xylophone and various recorders, and if you listen carefully, after the long introduction (1:35) you can hear the choir members joining in.
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The songs presented here come from the National Library's extensive collection of songs, prayers and other musical works. The songs are preserved and made available via the website with the assistance of the Legacy Heritage Fund.