Lovingkindness within Endurance
Week four of the Omer is the week of Netzach, endurance. Maybe it’s no coincidence that this week comes in the middle of the seven-week journey. If this spiritual trek were a sprint, we’d be finished by now. But moving mindfully from freedom to covenant, from Pesach to Shavuot, requires endurance.
Tonight (Saturday night) at sundown begins the day of chesed, lovingkindness, within the week of endurance.
On this day you might ask yourself: how can I bring lovingkindness to the hard work of trying to “keep on keeping on”? How can I ensure that when I work toward the things I want to last forever, I do so with kindness and love?
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-two days, which are three weeks and one day, of the Omer!