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Should unmarried women--and all those who do not cover their heads for whatever reason--still say the morning blessing "otayr yisro-ayl b'siforo" ("Who crowns Israel with splendor"), referring to head covering? Or would this be a bracha levatala?

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I seem to recall hearing that the Rambam said someone who's blind should still stay pokeach ivrim, which seems similar, but I can't source it. – Monica Cellio Oct 2 '13 at 16:37
similar judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30663/759 – Double AA Oct 2 '13 at 16:48
@MonicaCellio I find the Rambam's having said that unlikely. Many other Rishonim, yes. – Double AA Oct 2 '13 at 16:49
@DoubleAA I could well be mistaken about whose name I heard it in (or whether it had a credible pedigree at all). – Monica Cellio Oct 2 '13 at 17:08
@monica rambam follows the gamoro which says to say the barochoth hasha7ar at home as the process is being done not in shul. Therefore if you put on clothes you make the barocho if you slept in your clothes you don't make a barocho. Also since most modern cities doesn't have a rooster cockadoodaling, we don't say lasachbi barocho. – MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Oct 2 '13 at 17:59
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Based on my answer here it is a machloket rishonim if the blessing עוטר ישראל בתפארה is made by each individual on their own personal benefit, or if it is made on the general customs of the world. This same machloket should apply in your case as well.

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