What is the law if one wrote the Sefira?

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What is the law if one wrote the Sefira?[1]

Some Poskim[2] rule that writing is unlike verbalizing, and one hence cannot fulfill his obligation through writing the Sefira.[3] Accordingly, one who wrote the Sefira, must still count that night with a blessing. Other Poskim[4] however rule that writing the Sefirah is valid.[5] Practically, one is to recount without a blessing.[6] If one counted in writing and did not recount properly, he may nevertheless continue counting with a blessing on the future nights.[7]


[1] See Kaf Hachaim 489/27-28 and 84; Piskeiy Teshuvos 489/11; See Admur 47/3 regarding Birchas Hatorah

[2] Birkeiy Yosef 489/14; Rav Akiva Eiger 29-32; Chasam Sofer 6/19; Kesav Sofer Y.D. 106; Shaareiy Teshuvah 489/6; Aruch Hashulchan 489/9

[3] The reason: This is similar to one who writes a Mezuzah or Tefillin who cannot fulfill the Mitzvah of reading Shema with writing it alone. [ibid]

[4] Magen Shaul 20; Shvus Yaakov 1/30; Kol Eliyahu 1/30; Agurah Beahalecha p. 11; Opinion in Birkeiy Yosef 489/14 that it is possibly valid; 1st opinion in Admur 47/3 regarding Birchas Hatorah; See Kaf Hachaim 489/27-28 and 84

[5] The reason: This follows the same ruling as Birchas Hatorah, of which some Poskim rule one can be Yotzei with writing Torah. [ibid]

[6] Beis Oveid 14; Kaf Hachaim 489/28; See dispute in Admur 47/3 regarding Birchas Hatorah, and it seems Admur’s conclusion is to suspect for both opinions. Accordingly, the same would apply in this case as well

[7] See Admur 489/25 and Halacha 22; Zichron Yehuda 146; Yabia Omer 4/43 Piskeiy Teshuvos 489/21

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