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Suppose someone knows that he will miss a day during Sefira (having surgery). Is it proper for him to count with a Bracha up until the day he will miss?

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There is a very sad story of one of the g'dolim who knew he would not make it to Shavu'os taking precautions against making the b'racha. –  WAF Apr 7 '11 at 21:57
which one?................ –  Gershon Gold Apr 7 '11 at 23:12
Isn't this sort of analogous to the discussion about whether a boy who will become bar mitzvah during the Omer period should count with a berachah up to that point? As I understand it, one of the considerations there is whether each day is a separate mitzvah, or whether it's one that lasts for 49 days. (Though in that case there's also the discussion about whether his new Biblical obligation post-bar mitzvah can be seen as a continuation of his earlier Rabbinic one.) –  Alex Apr 8 '11 at 1:46
@Gershon Gold - The story is about Rav Breuer, and comes up around 10 minutes in to this shi'ur by Rav Willig: yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/711258/… –  WAF Apr 22 '11 at 15:29
In fact, that shi'ur contains some great analysis that is relevant to answering the original question as well, including an interesting chidush by Rav Zevin and another one by Rav Soloveitchik. –  WAF Apr 22 '11 at 15:41

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There is a concept brought in Hilchos Sefiras Haomer that one of the reasons women shouldn't make a Bracha is because they are likely to forget one day. Not sure if it stands Lehalacha, but it would appear to apply here (where the person knows for sure that he will miss).

[On the other hand, it might be different here because of the surgery aspect]

This is definitely an interesting question.

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Mishna B'rura 489:3. –  msh210 Apr 8 '11 at 4:01

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