Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Proper Time to Count the Sefirat Haomer

The Proper Time to Count the Sefirat Haomer
Day: Wednesday
Date: May 4, 2016
Parshat: Aharei Mot
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 489

The proper time to count the Sefirat Haomer is at tzet hakochaim, about 18 minutes after shekia. One who didn't count on time can still count with a beracha the rest of the night. If he didn't count at night he may count the following day with no beracha. A shul that finished arvit before tzet hakochavim may count the Sefirat Haomer at that time with a beracha as long as it as after shkia. Before shekia however, it is not permissable to count with a beracha. A person in such a shul who always counts later and would much rather count after tzet hakochavim but doesnt want to take the risk of forgetting and thereby missing out on the mitzvah the rest of the nights should do the following. He should count together with the shul with no beracha and he should think to thimself that he only wants the counting he is doing now to be cosindered counting if he forgets to count later. But if he remembers to count later then he does not want to fulfill his requirement with this counting of the Omer. If he had this in mind he may count after tzet hakochavim with a beracha. One who accepted Shabbat early and finshed arvit before shekia may not count at that time even though for him it is already Shabbat.

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