Day 26 of the Omer


Hod b’Netzach
Humility/Splendor within Endurance

Tonight at sundown (Wednesday, May 2) we begin the day of humility (which is also splendor) within the week of endurance. The poet and songwriter Ani DiFranco wrote:

“Buildings and bridges are made to bend in the wind — to withstand the world, that’s what it takes. All that steel and stone are no match for the air, my friend: What doesn’t bend, breaks; what doesn’t bend, breaks.”

What doesn’t bend, breaks. But if we allow ourselves to bend — like the reeds, like the branches of the beautiful willow tree outside our synagogue — then we can endure even the fiercest winds, even the mightiest storm.

How might the combination of humility and endurance help you be the person you most want to be today?

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-six days, which are three weeks and five days, of the Omer!


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