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20 04, 2021

Does Someone Who Becomes Bar Mitzvah During Sefirat HaOmer Count With a Berakhah?

April 20th, 2021|Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Berakhot, Orach Chayim, Sefirah|


Baltimore, MD

Assuming counting the omer is one mitzvah for the entire period, if you turn 13 in the middle of the counting, are you allowed to say the blessing since there was no obligation to count prior to turning 13? What if you know ahead of time that you will miss a day of counting in the future (could be because you are flying across the world which will make you miss a day), should you be saying the blessings prior to missing a day knowing you will not perform the mitzvah in its entirety?


If you think about it, it comes

31 03, 2021

Shome’a Ke’oneh for Sefirat HaOmer

March 31st, 2021|Moadim, Orach Chayim, Sefirah|


New York, NY

Does shome’a ke’oneh work for sefirat HaOmer? In other words, if a woman listened to her husband saying the berakhah and counting the omer for the 1st two nights, and he had in mind to motzei her and she had in mind to be yotzei through him, can she herself continue to count with a berakhah on night 3?


It is directly discussed in Mishnah Berurah 489:5,

ה) לספור לעצמו – דכתיב וספרתם לכם משמע שהמצוה חל על כל יחיד ויחיד והנה משמע מזה דבספירה אינו כמו בשאר מצות התלוי באמירה לענין קידוש והבדלה וכיו”ב דאם שמע לחבירו ונתכוין לצאת דיוצא בזה משום

7 05, 2020

Sefirat Ha’Omer: Whose Minhag Counts?

May 7th, 2020|Lifecycles, Marriage and Family, Sefirah|

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (1920-2013), born in Iraq and Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1973 to 1983, was the preeminent Sephardi posek of the previous generation. His responsa are collected in two multi-volume works: Yabia Omer (11 volumes), which contain his lengthy responsa, and Yachaveh Da’at (6 volumes), which contain his short-form responsa based on a weekly radio show of his where he answered listeners’ questions. Rav Ovadia Yosef is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the entirety of Rabbinic literature, from the Talmud through all later-day halakhic authorities.  In his responsa, he presents in a highly organized, clear and