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?

  • 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
    Commented Apr 7, 2011 at 21:57
  • which one?................ Commented Apr 7, 2011 at 23:12
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    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
    Commented Apr 8, 2011 at 1:46
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    @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
    Commented Apr 22, 2011 at 15:29
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    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
    Commented Apr 22, 2011 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
    Commented Apr 8, 2011 at 4:01

chacham ben tzion aba shaul in chelek alef-36 and chelek 3-16-5 understand the behag differently. he says even the behag agrees that its 49 seperate mitzvot . just that if you miss a day, youre lacking the continuous flow and therefore youre out. rav soloveichik is quoted also as understanding such. acc. to this , one can begin even if they know they will be unable to finish bec until you miss youve fulfilled seperate mitzvos. see there its a beautiful piece. however the Chida in more be'etzba 217 says that if you miss a day , then all of your berachos are retroactively levatala. so the chida seems to understand that its 1 big mtzva. accordingly, if one will be unable to finish, he should not begin. see daily halacha from rabbi eli mansour online - he has a quote from rav elyashiv on this there is a shiur by rav nissan kaplan on this forgot where .

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