Day 36 of the Omer

Gate 36
Chesed b’Yesod
Loving-Kindness within Foundation / Connection

Tonight (Saturday night) we begin the day of lovingkindness within the week of connection and foundation. Today we ask: how is lovingkindness foundational to my being, and how does it connect me with others?

Here’s another poem from Shifrah Tobacman’s Omer/Teshuvah book:


Interlacing fingers,
overlapping hands,
arms linked in friendship,
lovers’ legs entwined

a colleague’s kind acknowledgement,
a stranger’s hand reaching
to catch the falling groceries.

With chesed we bind ourselves to what’s holy
by binding ourselves to each other.

How are you bound
to love today
here at the 36th gate?

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 thirty-six days, which are five weeks and one day, of the Omer!


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