Sovereignty within Endurance
Tonight (Friday night) at sundown, we begin the day of malkhut — sovereignty and nobility — within the week of endurance. If this week is all about what endures and what lasts, today — this Shabbat — is all about bringing nobility and kingliness (or queenliness!) to that which we hope will endure.
Rabbi Simon Jacobson asks: “When faced with hardships, do I behave like a king or queen, walking proudly with my head up, confident in my G-d-given strengths, or do I cower and shrivel up in fear?”
How would you answer that question today? How would you like to answer it?
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-eight days, which are four weeks of the Omer!