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There's no such thing as "counting with a bracha" and "counting without a bracha". The Mitzva is to count. Blessings on (just about) all Mitzvot are separate rabbinic obligations. Whether or not a blessing is said on a Mitzva is a separate question from if there is a Mitzva (some Mitzvot never have blessings!). A Mitzva done without its requisite blessing (...


The short answer is yes. The reason is that there is a machlokes as to whether it is a mitzvah to count each day or if the mitzvah is one "long" mitzvah to count all seven weeks or both. Thus, we count without a bracha to take all the opinions into account. Rabbi Chaim Jachter discusses the latest time that one can count the omer and explains why we would ...


See Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 493: I have not found any prohibition or minhag to not buy certain clothing articles. May be that such a rule is for the days preceding Tish'a Beav (siman 551, 7-8). One of the Minhag in Sefira is that women do not work after the sunset(493, 4).

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