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The Arizal is brought by R' Chaim Vital in Pri Eitz Chaim (Shaar 22 Sif Zayin) and Shaar Hakavonos (Inyan Sefiras Haomer); see also Birkey Yosef (493:6) and Kaf HaChaim (:12). The reason is based on Kabbalah, and not related to the mourning of sefira, which is why it applies during the sheloshes yemei hagbala till Erev Shavuos, and according to most also on ...


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Mishna Berura 489:32: If a person makes a mistake in the counting the best option is to fix it “toch kdei dibbur” (appx 3 seconds). If too much time passes and it is the type of mistake which disqualifies the count, he should count over again and make a new Bracha. Regarding if he realized his mistake in the morning, it would be similar to one who totally ...


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The source is Shaar HaKavvanot 86d: במ"ט ימים אלו של ימי העומר לא היה מורי האריז"ל מגלח ראשו אלא בערב שבועות ולא היה מגלח לא ביום ראש חודש אייר ולא ביום ל"ג בעומר בשום אופן. During the 49 days of the Omer my teacher the Arizal would not shave his head except on Erev Shavuot, he would not shave on Rosh Chodesh Iyyar and not on Lag B'Omer for ...


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Taken from this blog post (emphasis mine) R. Eliezer Dunner, in his work Zichron Yosef Tzvi, offers a very novel reason for the celebration on Lag Ba-Omer. He says that we know that R. Akiva was a strong supporter of Bar Kochba. He suggests that R. Akiva students were soldiers in his army to fight the Romans and they died in this time period of Sefirah. ...


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(Background: Biblically, the new grain becomes permitted at dawn on the 16th of Nissan if there is no Korban Omer being brought, but Rabbi Yochanon ben Zakai enacted to wait the whole day now that there is no Temple.) The Talmud (Menachot 68b) records: רב פפא ורב הונא בריה דרב יהושע אכלי חדש באורתא דשיתסר נגהי שבסר קסברי חדש בחוצה לארץ דרבנן ולספיקא לא ...


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That is why we say "yesterday was the fourth day" before counting. You do not want to say "today is" in any way because even in an indirect manner you are counting today. Once you have said "today is" then however you say the number, that is still a count. "Code of Jewish Law Ganzfried - Goldin, volume 3 page 52 chapter 120 number 3 (translation of Kitzur ...


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We are saying that since according to one opinion you are still obligated to say the Beracha properly it follows that you should hear the Beracha from the Chazzan (or someone else) so that it will be a fully valid Beracha (שומע כעונה) without even a doubt of a ברכה לבטלה. To say the Beracha without Shem Umalchus is not an option if you could hear it from ...


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The Ezras Torah calendar in which the laws are supposed to be based of the opinions of Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin, gives permission to groom on the Friday before Lag B'Omer but not on the Friday before the three days of hagbalah. I would assume the the difference is because in the latter case the Friday is Rosh Chodesh and many prohibit grooming on any Rosh ...


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If a congregation did not read the Parsha (portion) of the Torah one Shabbos they read that Parsha the next Shabbos, but if the Shabbos they didn't read (or the next Shabbos) was a double Parsha or the next Shabbos was a new Chumash (e.g. they didn't read Vayichee) then there is a disagreement whether they should make up for the missed Parshiyos. See SA OC ...


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According to the information in the gemara and other places Rabbi Akiva was born in the year "0" and lived for 120 years, to the beginning of the Bar Kochba period under the first of the three people of that dynasty (father, son and grandson). He was 40 years old when he began studying (40 CE), so presumably he did not have students for a while after ...



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