Day 48 of the Omer

Yesod b’Malkhut
Foundation within Sovereignty

Today is the next-to-last day of the Omer: the day of foundation and connection within sovereignty.

What connects us with the ultimate Sovereign which is God?

What roots us in our theology?

How might God, and God’s kingship or queenship or sovereignty, be part of the foundations of our peoplehood? The foundations of our universe?

This is the 48th step toward Shavuot, toward revelation, toward Sinai. Tomorrow will be the last day of our counting; the day after that is Shavuot. Pause and notice how it feels to be at this moment in the count. What has this journey been like for you? How does it feel to approach this holiday, having noticed and counted each day leading up to the anniversary of the revelation of Torah at Sinai?

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-eight days, which are six weeks and six days, of the Omer!


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