Sovereignty within Splendor/Humility
Tonight (Friday night) at sundown we begin the day of malkhut, sovereignty and nobility, within splendor and humility.
The greatest rulers are those who are both noble and humble. Paradoxically, their very humility is part of what makes them great: as presidents or kings or queens or simply people in charge.
Today is a day to ask yourself: how can I be noble, queenly or kingly, in my humility? How can I reach deep into humility to find noble splendor?
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 melech ha’olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, source of all being, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer.
Today is thirty-five days, which are five weeks, of the Omer!