Bar Mitzva and Counting Omer with a Blessing
May a boy who has his bar mitzvah during Sefirat HaOmer continue counting with a Bracha?
My son Akiva has the following question:
I am 12 years old. At parshat ‘Emor’ I will be observing my Bar Mitzvah. Until now I have been counting the Omer with a bracha [blessing]. When I reach thirteen I will be counting the Omer as an adult and previously I was only counting as a minor for ‘chinuch’ [educational purposes]. When I become bar Mitzvah, should I continue counting with a bracha as I do have a certain level of ‘Temmimut’ [completeness], but on the other hand the quality of my mitzvah is not the same as if I had begun at the beginning?
Thank you for your time,
Alan Shear of Yeshiva College South Africa wrote:
Many people have asked me the following question which can really be a bit perplexing. A boy who has his bar mitzvah during Sefirat HaOmer, may he continue counting with a Bracha? This has practical application here right now, so a timely answer would be greatly appreciated.