web analytics
May 25, 2016 / 17 Iyar, 5776
Judaism
Sponsored Post


Q & A: A Sefirah Dilemma (Part II)


QuestionsandAnswers-logo

Rabbi Alpert answers that while the requirement proper – the chiyuv – is not applicable, the performance of the commandment, that is, the kiyum ha’mitzvah, remains. Since we do not exclude a minor from the performance of mitzvot, we allow him to fulfill his father’s obligation if the need arises.

He concludes with the argument that since a father is required to educate his son in the performance of all relevant mitzvot – which obviously include sefirat ha’omer – he can hardly do so with the knowledge that his son will be required to halt counting in the middle. Thus, we are faced with two choices: not to allow a boy who will reach the age of bar mitzvah during sefirat ha’omer to count at all, or to conclude that our Sages ordained that he continue to count with a blessing for the purpose of chinuch. This option would reflect the reasoning of Rabbi Ben Zion Abba Shaul cited previously – namely, that we should not weaken the mitzvah of chinuch.

The numerous reasons mentioned above seem to indicate that it would be correct for a boy who becomes bar mitzvah in the middle of sefirat ha’omer to continue counting with a berachah.

(See also Piskei Teshuva [20], quoting the Shevet HaLevi, who ruled in a particular case that we rely on the fact that each day is considered a separate mitzvah.)

(To be continued)

Rabbi Yaakov Klass

About the Author: Rabbi Yaakov Klass, rav of Congregation K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is Torah Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at yklass@jewishpress.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Q & A: A Sefirah Dilemma (Part II)”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naor
Supreme Court Wants Interior Ministry to Explain Why Reform Converts Aren’t Recognized by the State

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/ask-the-rabbi/q-a-a-sefirah-dilemma-part-ii/2013/05/01/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: