The Counting of the Omer
5. [In some Ashkenazic communities, it is customary to recite a liturgical
hymn, referred to as a "ma'arovis", in the evening service of a Yom Tov
(festival). There is a different hymn for each festival. If the festival
falls on Shabbos, however, these hymns are not recited.]
Generally, if the first day of a festival falls on Shabbos, the ma'arovis
which would have been recited on the first night is recited on the second
night. Pesach, however, is an exception to this principle, because the
ma'arovis of the second night describes the harvesting of the grain to be
used for the Omer Offering, which was carried out on that
night. Therefore, on the second night of Pesach, its own ma'arovis is
recited even if the first night of Pesach falls on Shabbos.
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