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Sefirat HaOmer: Counting the Nightly Omer
By Shlomo Phillips © April 02, 2018

We begin the Omer:

We bow before HaShem with these ancient words:

לְשֵם יִחוּד קֻדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא וּשְׁכִינְתֵּיהּ בִּדְחִילוּ וּרְחִימוּ, וּרְחִימוּ וּדְחִילוּ, לְיַחֵד שֵׁם יוּ”ד הֵ”א בְּוָא”ו הֵ”א בְּיִחוּדָא שְׁלִים בְּשֵׁם כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל.‏

Behold, I am prepared and ready to perform the positive mitzvah of counting the Omer, as is written in your Torah: "You are to count from the end of the rest day (Pesach) when you brought the waived the Omer-offering. To the day after the seventh week, shall be seven complete weeks. Until the end of the seventh week you shall count fifty days."

וִיהִ֤י׀ נֹ֤עַם אֲדֹנָ֥י אֱלֹהֵ֗ינוּ עָ֫לֵ֥ינוּ וּמַעֲשֵׂ֣ה יָ֭דֵינוּ כּוֹנְנָ֥ה עָלֵ֑ינוּ וּֽמַעֲשֵׂ֥ה יָ֝דֵ֗ינוּ כּוֹנְנֵֽהוּ׃ תהילים צ:יז‏

May the pleasantness of the Lord our G-d be upon us. May G-d establish the work of our hands, our work, may G-d establish.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֺתָיו וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹֽמֶר׃

Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer.

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ שֶׁיִּבָּנֶה בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ בִּמְהֵרָה בְיָמֵינוּ וְתֵן חֶלְקֵנוּ בְּתוֹרָתֶךָ׃

May it be Your will, HaShem our G-d, G-d of our ancestors, that the Beit HaMikdash be rebuilt speedily in our days, and may You grant us a portion in Your Torah.


Day 1. Week One: (Actions of) Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day One: Chesed of Chesed: Loving-kindness in Loving-kindness

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom yom e-chad ba-omer
Today is one day of the Omer

This week and this day I focus on the Divine Attribute of LOVE. I look within myself and discover my inward love, which is a reflection of the Divine Love bestowed upon me by HaShem. I embrace this Love with thanksgiving. With the kavanah (intention) of bestowing loving kindness upon others, I allow love to flow through me to everyone I meet.

Practice: Perform selfless acts of loving kindness to at least one person every day this week.


Day 2. Week One: (Actions of) Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day Two: Gevurah of Chesed: Justice and Discipline with Loving Kindness

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom sh’nay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is two days of the Omer

Love is more than a feeling. It is a state of being that must be nurtured through disciplined action. True Love requires relationships rooted in mutual respect and justice. Where there is coercion love is tainted. Where there is kindness and mutual respect love can blossom and grow.

Practice: Examine your relationships honestly. Through kind disciplined actions enhance the joy and kindness within your relationships.


Day 3. Week One: (Actions of) Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day Three: Tiferet of Chesed: Harmony, Beauty and Compassion with Loving Kindness

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom sh’losha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is three days of the Omer

Where there is loving kindness there is harmony, beauty and compassion. The Hebrew word "shalom" also refers to the balance of opposing forces. With balance there is equanimity and peace. When our relationships are balanced a sense of harmony naturally develops. This harmony enables us to see the beauty that surrounds us. Living in this beautiful state of consciousness produces compassion and furthers kindness and peace in an endless circle of love.

Practice: Take the extra step to achieve harmony with your family, friends, and coworkers. Continue to perform random acts of kindness to those you encounter. Embrace mutual respect and thereby achieve harmony.


Day 4. Week One: (Actions of) Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day Four: Netzach of Chesed: Endurance with Loving Kindness

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom arba-a yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is four days of the Omer

Love is not fleeting. It requires endurance and dedication. Those who only love when it is convenient have not experienced true love. Love comes in innumerable forms. There is love of ones spouse, of ones children and parents. There is love of nature, of animals, of life. The highest love is the love of G-d. All forms of love requires endurance and commitment. True love burns bright even during the darkest hours.

Practice: Determine the quality of your love. Can others depend on the strength of your love? Does your love endure through difficult times? Determine to manifest the enduring love you hope to receive.


Day 5. Week One: (Actions of) Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day Five: Hod of Chesed: Humility and Splendor with Loving Kindness

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer. (Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom chami-sha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is five days of the Omer

As we realize the divine love and kindness within we are filled with humility, realizing our complete dependence on HaShem. We realize that we are and have nothing without Him. His mercy and love provides everything we have, everything that we are, and we say "Baruch HaShem!" This realization draws us to attachment with the Holy One, who alone is praiseworthy. This attachment is called devekut. As one attaches to HaShem ones consciousness becomes purified and filled with His Divine Presence. As we "own" this realization in humility, the soul is elevated and begins to manifest the glory of Divine Love and Light, even to the point of holy fire as witnessed in Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai as we recall on Lag B'Omer.

Practice: Invest time in positive introspective through hitbodedut. Identify the good within you and search for its origins. Surely it's a gift of HaShem's love. With humility, share this love to those you meet while expanding the love that is within you.


Day 6.Week One: (Actions of) Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day Six: Yesod of Chesed: Bonding and bringing to Fruition with Loving Kindness

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom shi-sha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is six days of the Omer

Ponder what has been shared for the past five days. Have you allowed loving kindness to find a place within your soul? Have you manifested this love to others? Ponder how love makes you feel with thanksgiving to HaShem. Have you disciplined your will power to express proper love and kindness to others? Have you established harmony with others as a result of your efforts towards loving kindness? Have you determined to maintain these qualities based on the love you have discovered within yourself?

Practice: Bond with the good qualities you have discovered within yourself and allow them to flow from you. Make it a determined part of your life to manifest divine love to those you have contact with. In this way you attach every more completely with the Holy One and spread loving kindness.


Day 7. Week One: (Actions of) Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day Seven: Malchut of Chesed: Sovereignty and Leadership with Loving Kindness

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom shiv-a yamim, shehaym shavu-a e-chad ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is seven days of the Omer

Having performed intentional inner-work in personal loving kindness this week, in order to identify the love within yourself, you have attained greater insight and self control. With your growing sense of humility and gratitude to HaShem you have now begun to spread this love outward to other being. With the dawning of day seven of the omer it is time to become the master or leader of your love. In other words, having achieved this new level of loving kindness, make it your goal to help others increase their love by blessing others with your loving kindness as an example.

Practice: Determine to be a master of loving kindness. Whatever difficulties arise, whenever someone in your sphere of influence needs love, kindness, or help of any type, whether spiritual or material, don't wait for someone else to provide it. Consider it your personal responsible to make things better through your loving kindness. This is key to living a life of tikun olam, a life dedicated to addressing and repairing all brokenness that HaShem brings to your awareness.


Day 8. Week Two: Gevurah: Justice and discipline
Day One of Week 2: Chesed of Gevurah: Loving Kindness with Justice and Discipline

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom sh’mona yamim, shehaym shavu-a e-chad v’yom e-chad ba-omer (or la-omer)
Ha-yom shiv-a yamim, shehaym shavu-a e-chad ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is one week and one days of the Omer

There are those who are filled with love and kindness but lack the discipline to maintain it. It is important to balance ones inner love -- the focus of week one -- with what is just and true. Sometimes love must be 'tough', sometimes it is best to withhold it for a time, with kindness. Altruism is wonderful, however for love to last it must be reciprocal. Each situation in life is unique and must be handled individually. Self-discipline with a desire to truly bless, leads to real and lasting results.

Practice: Express your loving kindness in a situation that is difficult. Determine the most effective way to connect with others in a balanced way.


Day 9. Week Two: Gevurah: Justice and discipline
Day Two of Week 2: Gevurah of Gevurah: Justice of Justice with Discipline of Discipline.

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is one week and two days of the Omer

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer) Today is one week and two days of the Omer

It is written: "The house of the wicked will be demolished, but the tent of the upright will flourish. A road may seem right to a man, but in the end it is a road to death" (Mishlei - Proverbs14:11,12). The Way of G-d is Truth and Justice. Each person must build his/her own house. This requires the discipline to consistently pursue justice brick by brick.

Practice: Confirm that you are dedicated to Justice and a just life through constant disciplined actions.


Day 10. Week Two: Gevurah: Strength, Justice and Discipline

Day Three of Week 2: Tiferet of Gevurah: Harmony, Beauty, Compassion with Strength, Justice and Discipline.

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom asara yamim, shehaym
shavu-a echad ushlosha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is ten days, which are one week and three days of the Omer

As any artist knows, discipline is required when expressing ones soul into outward reality. Likewise drawing out the beauty, and compassion of ones soul requires self control and inward strength. Justice must be tempered with mercy, otherwise it overwhelms a person with guilt and doubt, for truly no one can stand before the Holy One without His causeless mercy. In the same way, with disciplined compassion ones inner beauty is strengthened and harmony with others and the Divine is achieved.

Practice: Consider a wrong that has entered into your sphere of being. What lead to the wrong? Was it fear? Some misunderstanding? Greed or Selfishness? From within the storehouse of your mercy activate compassion, realizing that a lack of emunah leads to all personal shortcomings. Rather than judging the offending party harshly, manifest compassion, and if possible help the person find inner peace.


Day 11. Week Two: Gevurah: Strength, Justice and Discipline
Day Four of Week 2: Netzach of Gevurah: Strength, Endurance, Eternity with Justice and Discipline.

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom achad asar yom, shehaym
shavu-a echad v’arba-a yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is eleven days, which are one week and four days of the Omer

Sometimes discipline is not easy to maintain. The yetzer hara seeks to convince us that we are wasting our time and energies. It is often precisely at such times that we confront turning points in our lives. With disciplined emunah one merits the next level. Without emunah one misses the opportunities HaShem places before us.

Practice: Apply your strength and endurance with emunah to your goals with full trust in HaShem for the results.


Day 12. Week Two: Gevurah: Strength, Justice and discipline
Day Five of Week 2: Hod of Gevurah: Humility and Splendor with Justice and Discipline.

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom sh’naym asar yom, shehaym
shavu-a echad vachami-sha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is twelve days, which are one week and five days of the Omer

When making judgments one who is strong will mix justice with compassion. HaShem revealed His Torah to us, assuring us that it is not too hard, that we can do it. Yet knowing we would fail to keep it, HaShem also provided us with teshuvah. Considering His undeserved compassion for us, how can we fail to feel compassion for others? The granting compassion to others brings glory to HaShem.


Day 13. Week Two: Gevurah: Strength, Justice and discipline
Day Six of Week 2: Yesod of Gevurah: Bonding, bringing to Fruition with Justice and Discipline.

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom sh’losha asar yom, shehaym
shavu-a echad v’shisha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is thirteen days, which are one week and six days of the Omer

Discipline is essential in all things. Without it one will not pursue the means required to attain the goal. The ultimate goal of the Jew (and Noahide) is tikkun olam, the repairing of what has been damaged. As discussed, this work requires love, compassion, justice, mercy, and dedication. Understanding that each situation is unique, one must use discipline to bring forth the best methods for achieving ones holy goals. This discipline must be embraced with joy, not from a sense of guilt or duty, because joy manifests the love HaShem has for His people.

Practice: Consider a situation in your life in which a brokenness needs to be repaired. Determine the steps you can take to rectify the situation. Can you perform this service with a smiling face, understanding the blessing HaShem is offering you? Then do it! If not, invest more time on self evaluation until you find this joy within yourself.


Day 14. Week Two: Gevurah: Strength, Justice and discipline
Day Seven of Week 2: Malchut of Gevurah: Sovereignty, Leadership with Justice and Discipline

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom arba-a asar yom, shehaym
sh’nay shavuot ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is fourteen days, which are two weeks of the Omer

Welcome to the 14th day of the omer count. In week one we developed our love of HaShem and our loving kindness among all people. In week two we developed the discipline to persevere and the good judgement to determine proper timing and application of our compassion. With Malchut of Gevurah we finalize these qualities and establish them as our foundational moral and ethical behavior. It is from this solid platform that we determine to live in this mortal world as masters of justice, compassion, and love.

Practice: Examine your life in order to confirm and re-commit yourself to a life of loving kindness and justice with compassion, correctly determining the most effective way for you to do the work of tikun olam or soul correction, both for yourself and all those HaShem brings into your sphere of influence.


Day 15. Week Three: Tiferet: Adornment, Harmony, Beauty, Compassion
Day one of Week 3: Chesed of Tiferet: Loving kindness with Compassion

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is fifteen days, which are two weeks and one day of the Omer

"The Sixth Saphirot, Tiferet, is the adorned, glorious, and ever delightful Throne Room of the Most High in manifestation among the lower emanations or realms. This is the House of the World to Come. Its Palace is engraved in Wisdom, which is the Light of G-d, as is said, 'The G-d of gods said: Let there be light, and there was light." The portal to this House is Chesed and Gevurah. Those whose consciousness is filled with this Light of Love and well Disciplined Justice are allowed to dwell in the Palace of the Most High (which is the Olam Haba or World to Come), even within the Olam Hazeh, the present darkened terrestrial order. This is because such souls see the world as it truly is, as a place filled with Loving-kindness and Justice, tempered with Compassion from on High. Such a person is clothed with divine love and adorned with light.

Practice: Elevate your consciousness and see the world as it truly is through the eyes of emunah. Allow your fears to fade away for a few moments. Think lovingly of HaShem and nothing else. Quietly but audibly ask Him to reveal Himself to you, to show you the world as He sees it. To help you know your rightful place within it. Now, with your mind bathed in His Light and Love, open your inner eyes and know the Truth! Know that there is only Shalom, Peace: There is only HaShem. Everything else is but fleeting opportunities to be utilized for the reparation of your soul and your world.
At first this realization may fade quickly. This is normal. Remain calm and at peace, savoring the Presence of HaShem. Day by day, as time permits, devote time to hitbodedut , to private communion with the Beloved, in which you allow your consciousness to open to the perception of His delightful Presence.


Day 16. Week Three: Tiferet: Adornment, Harmony, Beauty, Compassion
Day two of Week 3: Gevurah of Tiferet: Balanced Compassion

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is sixteen days, which are two weeks and two days of the Omer

Compassion can be wonderful however it can also be a negative when it creates codependency and a lack of self responsibility. True compassion must be balanced. This requires that one not allow his compassion to override his judgment.

Practice: Consider a situation that sparks your natural compassion and rationally consider the best way to address it.


Day 17. Week Three: Tiferet: Adornment, Harmony, Beauty, Compassion
Day three of Week three: Tiferet of Tiferet: The Adornment of Compassion

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is seventeen days, which are two weeks and three days of the Omer

With loving kindness the Light of HaShem adorns one with disciplined compassion. When confronting any issue such a person will react with compassion for the well being of others rather than pursue ones own desires. Rather than anger, jealousy, greed, or other negative emotions, such a person will demonstrate compassion for the other.

Practice: Allow the beauty of your compassion to shine forth in situations you previously avoided or handled negatively. Express the Light of HaShem to those He brings into your awareness.


Day 18. Week Three: Tiferet: Adornment, Harmony, Beauty, Compassion
Day four of Week three: Netzach of Tiferet: Endurance, Eternity with Compassion

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is eighteen days, which are two weeks and four days of the Omer

For compassion to be meaningful it must be consistent. Compassion that is fleeting lacks dependability and endurance. Such unpredictable compassion leads to many woes and uncertainties. One who masters consistent, enduring compassion will utilize inward beauty to establish harmony and shalom when it is within their ability to do so.

Practice: Be careful to maintain balanced compassion despite outward realities. The secret to enduring compassion is the realization of three essential points: 1). Everything comes from HaShem; 2). Everything, the seemingly positive and the seemingly negative, happens for our benefit as opportunities for soul corrections; 3). Through this understanding will to utilize everything, the positive and the negative, for greater devekut (attachment to HaShem) and tikun olam (the repairing of all that is broken).


Day19. Week Three: Tiferet: Adornment, Harmony, Beauty, Compassion
Day five of Week 3: Hod of Tiferet: The Humility and Splendor of Compassion

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is nineteen days, which are two weeks and five days of the Omer

It is a true gift of G-d to be able to help another. Understand that all that we have comes from HaShem alone. He provides our every need in diverse ways. When we are blessed to help others it is only HaShem using us for His purposes. Arrogance and taking credit destroys true compassion and steals glory from HaShem, while humility, which is the balanced perspective, gives rise to compassion.

Practice: Show compassion for those in need, understanding that the credit and all glory belongs to HaShem alone. Consider how He has bestowed causeless blessings upon you by which you have been enabled to perform your service to others, thus enabling you to practice tikkun olam.


Day20. Week Three: Tiferet: Adornment, Harmony, Beauty, Compassion
Day six of Week 3: Yesod of Tiferet: Bonding, bringing to Fruition beauty and compassion

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is twenty days, which are two weeks and six days of the Omer

If one applies compassion in a disconnected way ones effort will often be wasted. As the Children of G-d we are of one race and family, the human race and family. We are all connected in innumerable and mysterious ways. Our compassion should reflect this by uniting our souls with those we would help, brother to brother and sister to sister. Even our compassion for the animals should be species to species as all life comes from HaShem our Creator.

Practice: Do not invoke your compassion as a royal to a subject, but as humans touching other humans, as created beings responding to other created beings our of love of HaShem. In this allow yourself to truly feel the need of those you would help.


Day 21. Week Three: Tiferet: Adornment, Harmony, Beauty, Compassion
Day seven of Week 3: Malchut of Tiferet: Sovereignty and Leadership with Adornment, Harmony, Beauty, and Compassion

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is twenty days, which are two weeks and seven days of the Omer

In this week's omer practices we have enforced the beauty and compassion of harmony with all life. With disciplined loving kindness we reach out to the world with love. Firmly established within this consciousness we are empowered to practice tikkun olam.

Practice: Consider your local area and beyond. Instead of focusing on the various problems, with the eyes of emunah see the many opportunities HaShem is placing before you. With this insight decide how you can manifest loving kindness to repair the brokenness HaShem draws to your attention. Develop a concrete plan to help address that brokenness and bring the Light of G-d's Love into it.

Practice:


Day 22. Week Four: (Preparation of) Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day one of week four: Chesed of Netzach: Actions of Loving-Kindness with Endurance, Eternity

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is 22 days, which are four weeks and 1 day of the Omer

We usually prefer things be linear and easy to follow and yet we must ask ourselves: As I enter into week four of the omer count have I truly incorporated the wisdom I have been given? If we are honest with ourselves the answer is going to be no. Have I progressed, we hope so, but there is so much more both to learn and to incorporate into our lives. Having reached this point we now renew our commitment to this process and assure our discipline to achieve that which we desire.

Practice: Assure that your disciplined endurance is still strong; that you remain motivated by your love of HaShem, your love for others, and most importantly, your commitment to experience HaShem's love and purpose for us all. Have you allowed your commitment to waver during these 22 days? If so, re-commit yourself to the goals expressed, knowing that HaShem has granted you free will to advance or to retreat, to choose life or to reject it (Deuteronomy 30:19). In spiritual life what matters is not how many times we fail, but how many times we get back up. Continue forward with enduring loving kindness.


Day 23. Week Four: (Preparation of) Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day two of week four: Gevurah of Netzach: Justice and Discipline with Endurance, Eternity

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is 23 days, which are four weeks and 2 days of the Omer

When exercising tikun olam with self determination it is vital that our goals be achievable. Having determined the brokenness to be addressed, one must establish a workable and rational plan of action.

Practice: Consider a need you wish to address. Is your plan feasible given your means and practical limitations? Dreaming big is fine, but have you established a workable plan to achieve your goal? it is usually better to start more modestly and grow as HaShem blesses ones service, then reach for the stars and fall short. Consider you goals realistically and prayerfully and move forwards with wisdom and discipline. Who knows where a well formulated strategy might lead you!


Day 24. Week Four: (Preparation of) Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day three of week four: Tiferet of Netzach: Harmony, Beauty, Compassion with Endurance, Eternity

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is days, which are four weeks and days of the Omer


Day 25. Week Four: (Preparation of) Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day four of week four: Netzach of Netzach: Endurance, Eternity with Endurance, Eternity

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is days, which are four weeks and days of the Omer


Day 26. Week Four: (Preparation of) Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day five of week four: Hod of Netzach: Humility and Splendor with Endurance, Eternity

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is days, which are four weeks and days of the Omer


Day 27. Week Four: (Preparation of) Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day six of week four: Yesod of Netzach: Bonding, bringing to Fruition with Endurance, Eternity

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is days, which are four weeks and days of the Omer


Day 28. Week Four: (Preparation of) Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day seven of week four: Malchut of Netzach: Sovereignty, Leadership with Endurance, Eternity

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.
(Blessed are you, HaShem our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us through His mitzvot and commanded us to count the omer)

Ha-yom tish-a yamim, shehaym
shavu-a e-chad ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)

Today is days, which are four weeks and days of the Omer

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