Day 24 of the Omer

Tiferet b’netzach
Balance / Harmony / Compassion within Endurance

Tonight (Monday night) at sundown begins the day of balance, of harmony, and of compassion within the week of endurance.

This is the week to ask ourselves: when I think of the work of my hands and heart, what do I hope will endure? What endures in me? Do I have the endurance to take a task from fruition to completion — and how can I do so in a balanced and compassionate way?

This is the week to ask ourselves: how can I overcome the obstacles I perceive in my path? (Is there a way around them? If I reframe the path, do the obstacles disappear — or do I need to just climb over them and keep going?) Am I persistent enough when it comes to the things which matter — and do I approach those things in a spirit of harmony?

And — the shadow side of netzach — where am I too obstinate, too willing to sacrifice things which matter on the altar of my persistence? Where might endurance turn to stubornness in a way which doesn’t serve me and doesn’t serve God? How can I make my endurance more harmonious with the world around me?

This is the 24th step toward revelation, toward Shavuot, 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 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.

This is twenty-four days, which are three weeks and three days, of the Omer!

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