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Technically, the answer to your question can be "yes". That is it is a machlokes as to what exactly the mitzvah is. We can also say that the answer can be technically "no", in that it is not necessarily an "either or" situation. We basically treat it as a single mitzvah with 49 parts. That is, we say the mitzvah each day (even though we cannot be certain ...


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The Korban Omer, like any communal sacrifice, was brought from the community funds. The Korban HaOmer was brought on the sixteenth of Nissan. Sefirat HaOmer, a separate Mitzvah, applies for all seven weeks. The term 'Sefirat HaOmer' is not used in Vayikra (Leviticus); it probably came to be because the first day of the count is the day of the bringing of ...


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In this newsletter, you will find a detailed discussion of the various viewpoints regarding what is prohibited during the Sefira. The discussion focuses on the activities that you mentioned, namely, shaving, haircuts, and listening to music. Every opinion that I have seen including Shulchan Aruch prohibits weddings (except for an "emergency such as if a ...


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In his Ha-Mo'adim Ba-Halakha, Rav Zevin discusses this question ("בגדר תמימות בספירת העומר")--if one knows that he will not be able to count one day during sefirah, does he start counting anyhow or not? (This would only be a question according to the Behag, who holds that if you miss one day you cannot continue counting, but according to all the rishonim who ...



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