Endurance within Compassion / Balance / Harmony
Today is the day of endurance within the week of harmony, balance, and compassion.
Today is a day to ask yourself: how can I make sure that my compassion is durable and enduring? How can I take care of myself so that I’m able to stay balanced and harmonious even while I work hard at endurance?
Rabbi Min Kantrowitz, in her guide to counting the Omer, notes that each Hebrew letter has numerical value and that the number 18 is spelled by the letters which make up the word חי / chai, life. “It is a day to be particularly aware of the life force within us,” she writes. “God’s energy of enduring constancy in balance is what, literally, enlivens us.”
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 ruach ha’olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, breath of life, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer.
Today is eighteen days, which are two weeks and four days, of the Omer!