Monday, April 20, 2015

One Who Remembered a Missed Night Immediately After Shekia

One Who Remembered a Missed Night Immediately After Shekia

Day: Monday
Date: April 20, 2015
Parshat: Tazria/Mitzora
Yalkut Yosef: 489

A person who within thirteen and a half minutes of shekia remembers that he did not count the Omer the night before or that entire day, may count the previous day's count with no beracha. After tzet hakochavim and for the rest of Sefira he may still count with a beracha. As far as the Torah is concerned a new day begins at night and continues until the next night. It is unclear whether the first 13 and a half miuntes after shekia are still part of the previous day or if they are part of the incoming new day. Therefore if one forgot until that time he may count the number of the previous day since it may still be part of the previous day. However if he were to count the next day's number during that time as well he would be contradicting himself. That time is either part of the previous day or the incoming day, it can't be both. Therefore if during those few minutes one has counted the previous days number, he can only count the next number after tzet hakochavim. For the same reason on subsequent nights he should also count only after tzet hakochavim.

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