Nobility within Foundation / Connection
Tonight (Friday night) we begin the day of nobility, kingship and queenship, holy Shekhinah, within the week of connection and foundation.
What is noble in our connections with our roots? In our connections with one another?
How can we nobly connect, and bond, with one another? How can we find Shekhinah — find God — in our bonds with one another? Where is God in our relationships today? How might we be able to make God (whatever we understand that term to mean) more present, or more palpable, in our interactions?
How might this Shabbat be a chance for us to steep in the qualities of Shekhinah (the immanent, indwelling presence of God) and connection, foundation, whatever roots us in our family, our life, our community, our world?
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 forty-two days, which are six weeks, of the Omer!