Day 20 of the Omer

Yesod b’Tiferet
Foundation within Compassion / Balance / Harmony

Tonight at sundown begins the day of yesod, foundation, within the week of tiferet, harmony and balance.

Today you might ask yourself: what are the foundations of my compassion? How do I keep my compassionate self rooted and strong? How can I make sure that whatever I build on my spiritual and emotional foundations is balanced and harmonious?

Rabbi Min Kantrowitz, in her guide to Counting the Omer, notes that

We sometimes use the expression “to be centered” as a way to express feeling positive, clear, and calm. The goal for today is to concentrate on that internal stability. Yesod she’b’Tiferet reminds us of the force of gravity, so perfectly adjusted that it keeps us connected to the surface of the planet, and yet allows us to skip, jump, and leap…Yesod she’b’Tiferet implies the kind of foundation strength required for balance.

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 twenty days, which are two weeks and six days, of the Omer!


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