We are now in the middle of the counting of the Omer, I have always been somewhat perplexed by the general explanation, that this count is meant to represent the longing of the Jewish people and their preparation for the acceptance of the Torah on Mount Sinai after their freedom from the bondage of Egypt.
Is it permitted to listen to music during Sefirat Ha'omer? An elderly person is very lonely due to the social distancing restrictions and music may lift his spirits and help in alleviating some of the loneliness.
Two ideas permeate our nightly enumeration: 1) The linking up of Pesach & Shavuot & 2) The semi-mourning practices associated with this time of the year, due to the deaths of the students of Rabbi Akiva. Is there a connection?
Each of the 49 intervening days as well as the seven weeks that pass between the holidays is to be counted. It is clear, though, that the Torah is insistent on this count during the interim between these two major holidays of the Jewish calendar.
If one answers an inquiry about what day of the omer it is and does not count again that day, may he count the next day with a beracha? If yes, an onen (before funeral of close relative, who does not perform mitzvot) for a full day of sefira should be able to simulate such a statement and be allowed to continue with a beracha the next day.