Splendid Humility within Sovereignty
This is the day of humble splendor and splendid humility within sovereignty. This is the day when we relate to Shekhinah, the divine indwelling Presence of God, both as the humble exile and as the regal queen.
Like Shekhinah, we too are in exile from pure connection with God. Like Shekhinah, we too are majestic, Beloved of God, treasured. May we blossom today with the nobility of humble splendor.
In Rabbi Min Kantrowitz‘ Omer book, she writes:
The Shabbat morning liturgy includes a prayer of gratitude for “Your miracles that are dialy with us, and for Your wondrous kindness at all times — morning, noon, and night.” God is envisioned as “doing wonders.” Some of those wonders are dramatic and miraculous, like parting the sea for the Israelites to cross over. Most of God’s wonders, the amazing varieties within creation, are far subtler. Hod she b’Malchut/Shechina is a day for noting some of those wonders.
Keep a list of everything you notice today as evidence of the splendor of diversity. To get started, smell each of the spices in your spice cabinet.
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-seven days, which are six weeks and five days, of the Omer!