Boundaried Strength within Lovingkindness
The second day of the Omer is the day of gevurah she’b’chesed, boundaries and strength within lovingkindness.
How do boundaries help to shape your sense of lovingkindness? Healthy love is channeled within appropriate boundaries and limitations. Reflect for a moment about how good boundaries help you to love, and help others to love you.
Cultivate this combination in your heart and your actions. This is the second step toward Shavuot, toward revelation, toward Sinai.
As I count the Omer, let my counting create a tikkun, a healing, between transcendence and immanence, God far above and God deep within.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ רוּחַ הַעולָם, אָשֶר קִדשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ אַל סְפִירַת הַעמֶר.
Baruch atah, Adonai, eloheinu melech ha’olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, source of all being, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer.
Today is the second day of the Omer!