top of page

The 24,000 Students & Sefirat HaOmer

Updated: Apr 16, 2023

The Daily Halacha Moment - The 24,000 Students & Sefirat HaOmer 🌾

‎״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן

‎העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)

“Anyone who studies Halachot every day is guaranteed that he is destined for the world-to-come” (Megilla 28b, Niddah 73a)


Why are we mourning during Sefirat HaOmer?


During the days of the omer, many customs have been adopted to commemorate the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva who passed away during this period. [1] The Gemara speaks of 12,000 "pairs" of students and not of 24,000, ostensibly in order to stress the lack of unity of which they were guilty. The students of Rabbi Akiva were punished for not giving the correct respect to their fellow peers. It is upon us during this time period to be extra cautious with how we treat our fellow Jewish brothers and sisters. Treat them the way YOU would want to be treated. Similarly, the Mishnah states that this is a time of judgment. [2] Furthermore, the Taz adds that there was also a custom in Europe to refrain from getting married during the omer period because there was a plague during this period of time. [3] Another reason for the many customs that apply to these days is brought in the Chok Yaakov , which states that since there is a judgment on the wheat produce for the coming year from the time of Pesach until Shavuot, we should focus on repenting and minimizing joy.[4]

During the next couple of days we will discuss the Halachot of Sefirat HaOmer in more detail.


[1]. See Yevamot 62b.

[2]. Eduyot 2:10. See also Shibbulei HaLeket, Seder Pesach, 235.

[3]. Taz 493:2.

[4]. Chok Yaakov 493:3. See also Kaf HaChaim 493:5.

Adapted From Rabbi Yonatan Nacson's "Laws Of The Holidays"

📲 The Daily Halacha Moment is written exclusively for this broadcast so when forwarding please include the link! 😊

Netanel Aminov

Founder Of The Halacha Moment

🌟 Today's Halacha Moment is dedicated:

🕯 Leiluy Nishmat:

Mishael Ben Frecha

Efrat Bat Aushra

🤒 Refuah Shelema:

Chana Bat Sima Feiga

👰🏼🤵🏼 Shidduch:

Yitzchak Ariel Ben Rivkah

💯 Hatzlacha:

Aminov Family

🗣️ Want Your Friends/ Family to Be Part of This Amazing Broadcast?

👇 Click Below 👇

Want to sponsor the Daily Halacha Moment (Maaser May Be Used, only $25)?

🗣 reply to this message/txt 305-707-7259 visit

if you would like to sponsor the Halacha Moment and help us spread Halacha throughout the world!

🤩 Comment on this Halacha Moment and let us know how it impacted you.


Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page