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In a hypothetical case, I have chosen to observe the restrictions of the Omer during the "first half."

But then, I am placed in a situation at which happy live music is being played. Does my presence there "stop" my Omer and force me to shift to the "second half"? Is "breaking the Omer" an all-or-nothing or can I continue after the breaking?

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    I seem to recall hearing that one could go to a Simchah of someone keeping the 'other' half of Sefirah, as long as the person mking the Simchah is following a legitimate Halachic option. The implication was that it didn't 'break' the Sefirah that you kept, and you remained keeping your half. However, I don't have a source offhand, which is why this is remaining as a comment. – Salmononius2 May 1 at 18:14
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    I don't understand how the concept of "breaking the omer" or making up for it makes sense. If someone shoves rice down your throat on Passover are you suddenly forced to allow yourself to eat kitniyot and stop eating sheruya to make up for it? – b a May 1 at 18:17
  • @ba except for 2 differences -- in my case, there is a fall back option (the second half) and in my case, no one is forcing me; I just didn't anticipate the situation so it happens without my choice. – rosends May 1 at 18:20
  • rosends On pesach there is also a fall back option: follow the alternate custom to allow Kitniyot. "happens without my choice" "forcing me" seem identical. (cc @ba) – Double AA May 1 at 18:53
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    It doesn't look like one needs hataras nedarim ohr.edu/this_week/insights_into_halacha/5879 is this a different kind of minhag? – rosends May 2 at 12:50

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