Endurance within Sovereignty
Today is the day of endurance within sovereignty. Today our sense of ourselves as sovereign endures. Today we celebrate our own enduring sovereignty even as we recognize that true sovereignty, true control, true understanding is something infinite and deep and beyond our comprehension — and it lasts forever, which is beyond our comprehension, too.
This is the forty-sixth step toward Shavuot, toward revelation, toward Sinai. What is unfolding in you as this next pilgrimage festival approaches? What is it that endures in your sense of God’s presence?
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-six days, which are six weeks and four days, of the Omer!