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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: Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day One: Chesed of Chesed

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 (or la-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: Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day Two: Gevurah of Chesed

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: Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day Three: Tiferet of Chesed

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: Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day Four: Netzach of Chesed

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: Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day Five: Hod of Chesed

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: Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day Six: Yesod of Chesed

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: Chesed: Loving Kindness
Day Seven: Malchut of Chesed

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,
which are one week 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: Chesed of Gevurah

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)
Today is eight days, which are
one week and one day 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: Gevurah of Gevurah

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 nine days, which are
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: Tiferet of Gevurah

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: Netzach of Gevurah

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: Hod of Gevurah

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: Yesod of Gevurah

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: Malchut of Gevurah

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: Chesed of Tiferet

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 asar yom, shehaym
sh’nay shavuot v’yom echad 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: Gevurah of Tiferet

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 asar yom, shehaym
sh’nay shavuot 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: Tiferet of Tiferet

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 shiva asar yom, shehaym
sh’nay shavuot ushlosha 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: Netzach of Tiferet

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 shemonah asar yom, shehaym
sh’nay shavuot v’arba-a 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: Hod of Tiferet

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 tisha asar yom, shehaym
sh’nay shavuot va’chamisha 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: Yesod of Tiferet

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 esrim yom, shehaym
sh’nay shavuot v’shi-sha 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: Malchut of Tiferet

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)

Hayom e-chad v’esrim yom, shehaym
shlosha shavuot ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is twenty-one days, which are
three weeks 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: Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day One: Chesed of Netzach

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’nayim v’esrim yom, shehaym
shelosha shavuot v’yom echad ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is twenty-two days, which are
three weeks and one 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: Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day Two: Gevurah of Netzach

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 v’esrim yom, shehaym
shelosha shavuot ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is twenty-three days, which are
three week and two 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: Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day Three: Tiferet of Netzach

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 v’esrim yom, shehaym
shelosha shavuot u’shelosha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is twenty-four days, which are
three weeks and three days of the Omer

Netzach is not an end to itself. It provides a means of achieving ones goal. Today's goal is the establishing of peace and the balancing of stressed relationships. As this goal is achieved those involved are honored to adorn the Holy One with the glory of His desire, which is Shalom. Tiferet balances and synthecizes influences that are otherwise opposed one to another. By emphasizing the areas of agreement and recognizing the positive intentions of the other, both parties draw closer together and expand the domain of righteous peace.

Practice: Having decided to manifest mercy (rachamim) to another through your tikkun olam practice, determine the means of doing so through a balanced and enduring plan. If there are hard feelings involved be the first to forgive without requiring an apology or reciprical response. Whenever possible strengthen your friendships and your alliances will endure.


Day 25. Week Four: Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day Four: Netzach of Netzach

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 v’esrim yom, shehaym
shelosha shavuot v’arba-a yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is twenty-five days, which are
three weeks and four days of the Omer

The double Netzach draws from its dual nature to reveal an important element of our success. The victory (netzach) of any plan depends on its preparation and having the endurance (netzach) to see it through to completion.

Practice: With unshakable emunah (active faith) in the Holy One, allow divine inspiration (from Chochmah) to activate your rational mind (from Binah) with a strategy to excel in your pursuit. By placing your right foot forward and pursuing your goal with intention you will be victorious.


Day 26. Week Four: Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day Five: Hod of Netzach

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 v’esrim yom, shehaym
shelosha shavuot va-chamisha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is twenty-six days, which are
three weeks and five days of the Omer

Standing in the Presence of HaShem one is filled with awe and spontaneous worship. This worship needs no siddur, no formulae, because it flows naturally from and to the divine soul and consciousness. This natural attachment to and awe of the Holy One transcends rational thought. Within these waters one tastes eternity.

Practice: Present your plans before the King. Offer them to Him for His pleasure only. Is the King pleased with your offering? By the Light of His Face determine His acceptance of your offering. Is there some flaw in the design or its execution? Could your gift be improved upon? Seek Divine Satisfaction rather than your own. Do not be possessive nor take credit for your offering. Rather elevate the splendor and quality of your offering with deepest gratitude to Holy One. In this way, offering by offering, prayer by prayer, you will purify your consciousness and merit Divine Joy and Light.


Day 27. Week Four: Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day Six: Yesod of Netzach

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 shiva v’esrim yom, shehaym
shelosha shavuot v’shi-sha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is twenty-seven days, which are
three weeks and six days of the Omer

For your work of tikkun to be effective sometimes it must be planned out and prepared in advance. At other times HaShem may place an oprtunity before you for immediate action. In both cases it is necessary to embrace the good work fully in order to bring it to fruition. With such preparations, pre-planed or on the spot, coupled with emunah, victory is certain!

Practice: Having determined your course of action, having considered that plan rationally and objectively, having presented it before the Throne of HaShem for refinement as discussed yesturday, you are now ready to bond your disciplined kavanah or intention with your project and hence, thus bringing your tikkun to fruition.


Day 28. Week Four: Netzach - Endurance, Eternity
Day Seven: Malchut of Netzach

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 shemonah v’esrim yom, shehaym
arba-a shavuot ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is twenty-eight days, which are
four weeks of the Omer

Asaph has revealed through the Tehilim (Psalm 82) that HaShem stands in the divine assembly, among the divine beings and pronounces judgment. Who are these divine beings? "I had taken you for divine beings, sons of the Most High, all of you." We are the Children of the Most High, the Prince and Princesses of His Majesty! How few of us understand what this means!
In Sephira Malchut we make our stand as the Christian of the Most High! With this Kingdom we blend Netzach, by applying the endurance of our pursuits. As we will to maintain our consciousness on serving HaShem Barekhu His divine retribution towards our faults and failures are tempered due to our emunah and kavanah,(our faith in Hin and our intentions to service Him properly. For this reason, the actions of such people are always success and always rewarded by HaShem. In our service we therefore have nothing to fear. We are empowered to stand firmly in His Presence.

Practice: As the Psalm encourages: show favor towards the faithful rather than the wicked, care for the orphan and vindicate the lowly and the poor. Show them mercy by temperering your judgements towards them. Then only will you Arise, O Child of the King to judge the earth, knowing that all the nations are your possessions to present before your Father, the King.


Day 29. Week Five: Hod: Humility and Splendour.
Day One: Chesed of Hod

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 tisha v’esrim yom, shehaym
arba-a shavuot v’yom e-chad ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is twenty-nine days, which are
four weeks and one day of the Omer

This week we consider the attribute of Hod, with its sense of humility and splendor. In Hod HaShem exacts retributions for the faults of the unrighteous and yet manifests His mercy towards the just. This causes those who are far away from Him to fear both the known and the unknown. The love of such people is tainted and egocentric. The righteous on the other hand, acknowledging their unworthiness, bow humbly before the Judge manifesting their awe of His Splendor. For such people there is only pure Love.

Practice: In Hitbodedut (private, secluded prayer and meditation) experience the Love of G-d to your merited fullness. Allow His Presence to en-wrap you in Joy by contemplating the absolute Mercy He bestows on you each moment of every day. Seek to enhance this sense of His Divine Presence into all areas of your life. When you hear of seemingly negative things that happen from time to time and behold the Hand of G-d at work, understand that the Divine retribution is in reality the Justice of the Holy One calling the tzadikim and the sinner alike to greater teshuvah (repentance) for the good of all souls.


Day 30. Week Five: Hod: Humility and Splendor.
Day Two: Gevurah of Hod

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 shloshim yom, shehaym
arba-a shavuot ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is thirty days, which are
four weeks and two days of the Omer

It is to our benefit that we suffer the consequences of our negative actions in this life. Such punishments are a blessing of HaShem as the clearer our consciousness the more directly we perceive Reality. HaShem hides His Face from those who do not love Him. The judgements of G-d, wisely utilized, leads the soul to humility and greater discipline. The justice granted to those with discipline ultimately bring greater happiness and meaning to our lives, both now in the World to Come..

Practice: When things do not go the way you would prefer, or when it is clear that HaShem is chastising you, rejoice! Thank Him for His Judgements and Discipline. Consider where you made poor decisions, or choices that did not arise from emunah and correct them with a joyous heart. Happy the one whom HaShem loves for He will surely guide his/her steps through divine interventions!


Day 31.Week Five: Hod: Humility and Splendor.
Day Three: Tiferet of Hod

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)

Hayom e-chad u’sheloshim yom, shehaym
arba-a shavuot u’shelosha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is thirty-one days, which are
four weeks and three days of the Omer

Humility requires a balanced perspective. True humility focusses on balanced reality rather than exaggerated self-deprecation. One who is humble will rightfully identify his/her strengths and weaknesses. One who maintains humility before the Throne of HaShem will acknowledge that all he has comes from HaShem and that with HaShem all things are possible, since such a wise person seeks only His splendor and glory. In order to manifest true compassion for others therefore one must be firmly established in true and balanced humility.

Practice: Ensure that your compassion is based on true humility and love of G-d. Rather than reaching 'down' to give charity and compassion as to an inferior, do so by reaching 'out' as to a brother or sister.


Day 32.Week Five: Hod: Humility and Splendor.
Day Four: Netzach of Hod

Ha-yom sh’nayim u’sheloshim yom, shehaym
arba-a shavuot v’arba-a yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is thirty-two days, which are
four weeks and four days of the Omer

That which is balanced can be maintained. One whose self image is balanced within the realities of HaShem's Providence relies upon Him in all areas by applying himself to the tasks at hand without the extremes of doubt and self degradation or egotism and pomposity. Such a person knows that all successes and failures comes from HaShem for our ultimate benefit and so says simply, Baruch HaShem.

Practice: Accept with complete emunah that the Holy One, who alone is blessed, is in charge of all your activities and situations. Realize and accept the truth that He has placed you into your current situation for purposes of needed tikkun. Empowered by this realization move forward and do what needs to be done with only the intention of doing HaShem's Will and being a blessing. In this way you will live an active and full life free of fears, doubts, and unbalanced emotions. Play your role in life to its fullest knowing that in time this too will pass, as noted by Shlomo HaMelech.



Day 33. ** Lag B'Omer **: Week Five: Hod: Humility and Splendor.
Day Five: Hod of Hod

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 u’sheloshim yom, shehaym
arba-a shavuot vachamisha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is thirty-three days, which are
four weeks and five days of the Omer

Having acheived Netzach of Hod's consistent endurance with balanced humility your soul is freed. Being united with the Holy Holy One in your words, thoughts and deeds (to the degree you have merrited this), you look forward through the eyes of emunah and see your goal clearly. Not that you have yet attained it, but from this plateau you are able to see the Promised Land in the distance. You know that by the mercy of HaShem you will merrit entrance into Gan Eden, if not in this life then in future. You recall that Moshe Rabbeinu was not blessed to enter the Land and like him, you continue towards the mountain top and accept HaShem's Divine Providence in every area of your life, commiting your self to ever deeper devekut (attachment to the holy One).

Practice: Know that the very practice that lead you to humble yourself before the Holy One is now leading you to the achievement of personal attainment. Free from all fear and doubt you lay aside the mourning of the Omer Count and celebrate your victory greatful that HaShem has bless you to merit your current position and situation in life. Behind you the darkness has become clear, the past uncertainties are revsolved and you realize that HaShem was there with you all along. You breath a quiet Baruch HaShem! Before you is the glorious Light, the Ohr Chadash, the creative Fire of Being and Creation. You have not yet attained that Light in its fullnes but you glimpse it, you feel its warmth and Love and you bask in its Radiance! You remind yourself even now in that joy that you must not quit your journey. There remains much work ahead. Today however, you clebrate and are revigorated.

The strictures of the omer period have been laid aside for the day. Marriages occur. Small children have their first haircuts. They play with bows and arrows. They scavage for fallen wood to help with the building of the bon fires in memory of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and the Light of HaShem. The Chassids often cut their hair and trim their beards. Other forms of grooming resume that have been laid aside during the count. Weddings and feasts are held. The Jewish world is filled with Joy and Light.

Then, as the sun sets on this 33rd day our collective and individual work continues. We increase our devotion and resume our dedication to reaching the goal. We continue the Omer count and its various restrictions to its completion on Shavuot.



Day34.Week Five: Hod: Humility and Splendor.
Day Six: Yesod of Hod

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 u’sheloshim yom, shehaym
arba-a shavuot v’shi-sha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is thirty-four days, which are
four weeks and six days of the Omer

Having acheived the plateau of Lag B'Omer you now resume the counting of the omer by bonding with the realization you have achieved and bringing the work of hands to fruition.

Practice: Where do you see yourself going from here? Conceptualize your plans and move forward boldly with the certainty of HaShem's assistence and blessings. By embracing your plans fully and applying yourself to their execution, you ignite your emunah by your awe of Holy One and His Ways.


Day 35.Week Five: Hod: Humility and Splendor.
Day Seven: Malchut of Hod

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 u’sheloshim yom, shehaym
chami-sha shavuot ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is thirty-five days, which are
five weeks of the Omer

Establishing ones life on a solid foundation grants one mastery. When ones personal domain is established with the emanation of hod one's feet remain planted solidly on earth while one eyes glory in the Presence of HaShem.

Practice: Enhance your humility and modesty by firmly establishing your place within the Olam Hazeh (the world as it is) while maintaining attachment to HaShem (devekut). This will empower you to assist yourself and others spiritually.


Day36. Week Six: Yesod: Bonding and bringing to Fruition
Day Two: Chesed of Yesod

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 u’sheloshim yom, shehaym
chami-sha shavuot v’yom echad ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is thirty-six days, which are
five weeks and one day of the Omer

The emotional attribute of Yesod draws us to bond with those to whom we interact. Honest attachment to others develops unbreakable bonds and encourages good will. As discussed previously, such personal attachments lead one to perform positive actions (tikkun olam) through the impulse of the yetzer tov rather than the yetzer hara. Being motivated by selfless intentions (kavanah) one brings all actions to fruition as ones conscious service to HaShem. Such actions impact this world and have their rewards in the Olam Haba, the World to Come.

Practice: Before interacting with others take a moment to consider their humanity. Their life experiences are unknown to you, their path through this life is not the same as your own. Their pains are not your pains, and yet you discover loving empathy towards with. Now contemplate the Truth that this vast diversity is nothing other than the working out of HaShem's Love. The ultimate goal being the bestowal of His blessing upon all living beings and of drawing them all towards eventual attachment with Him. Such attachment is true Love. How blessed you are to be chosen to assist in this great work! Feel His Love bearing righteous 'fruit' within you and consider how you can share this love with others even more.


Day 37. Week Six: Yesod: Bonding and bringing to Fruition
Day Three: Gevurah of Yesod

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 shiva u’sheloshim yom, shehaym
chami-sha shavuot ushnay yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is thirty-seven days, which are
five weeks and two days of the Omer

Acts of selfless loving kindness require great strength of character. It is natural to desire credit for ones actions, however acts of tikun olam are best performed in secret, without fanfare and credit. We all hear the stories of Israeli doctors saving the lives of those who hate our people. In some cases these acts are performed in ways that conceal the identity of both wounded and the healers lest the healed party be penalized. Such actions are truly righteous! They are performed for the Love of humanity only, for the Love of HaShem. Likewise we must be strong enough to love without thought of any return.

Practice: Discipline yourself to seek opportunities to bless others without thought of reward. Place yourself in their shoes as best you can. Recall the words of Rabbi Hillel, 'that which you would not have done to you, do not to another'. Now turn that phrase around, 'grant to others what you would have done for yourself. Through your inner strength and emunah refuse to hate those who would abuse you. While guarding yourself and others, bond with the humanity of all people in order to reap the harvest of Disciplined Love.


Day 38. Week Six: Yesod: Bonding and bringing to Fruition
Day Four: Tiferet of Yesod

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 shemonah u’sheloshim yom, shehaym
chami-sha shavuot u’shelosha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is thirty-eight days, which are
five weeks and three days of the Omer

Harmony with ones goal produces much fruit and much beauty. Even as HaShem is One with His Emanations and His Creation, so too one must intend to be at one with his/her actions and with those with whom he/she associates.

Practice: Seek harmony within yourself, with your world, and with your Creator always.


Day 39. Week Six: Yesod: Bonding and bringing to Fruition
Day Five: Netzach of Yesod

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 tisha u’sheloshim yom, shehaym
chami-sha shavuot va’arba-a yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is thirty-nine days, which are
five weeks and four days of the Omer

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is embrace success. We struggle so hard in life that once victory is achieved we can lost our balance. If I am no longer struggling what am I? What am I to do now? An old mystical teaching is that Keter becomes Malkut of the next order. The end of one assignment is but the beginning of the next!

Practice: Accept that everything is perfect! That HaShem is in control. Embrace the person you now are even as you determine to progress to your next level.


Day 40.Week Six: Yesod: Bonding and bringing to Fruition
Day Six: Hod of Yesod

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-im yom, shehaym
chami-sha shavuot va’chamisha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is forty days, which are
five weeks and five days of the Omer

When two people come together there is the possibility of conflict This occurs when people have different goals, different purposes, and so on. When two people come together with shared vision conflict is easily avoided and peace becomes most likely. Humility of heart and singleness of vision leads the person of G-d along the ways of peace by understanding that all goals and purposes are in reality one. In all of our affairs humans are ultimately seeking attachment with that which is beyond themselves. All of our goals and dreams come together in the echad nature of G-d. Not understanding the Ways of Torah people seek fulfillment elsewhere and hence are never satisfied.

Practice: Consider those who oppose you. Recognize that such people are seeking the same things as you. Like you, they are seeking meaning and joy in their lives. Know that there is no meaning without HaShem! Recognize that humility bring devekut to fruition.


Day 41. Week Six: Yesod: Bonding and bringing to Fruition
Day Seven:
Yesod of Yesod

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)

Hayom e-chad v ’arbaim yom, shehaym
chami-sha shavuot v’shi-sha yamim ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is forty-one days, which are
five weeks and six days of the Omer

When considering your relationships with others focus on the foundational principles of Torah and allow superficialities to fade into the background. Know that all beings are divinely created for the purposes of the Holy One. G-d forbid our divisions should interfere with His Will. Do not allow side issues to divide you from others if it can be avoided.

Practice: Determine to look beyond differences in order to find the essential unity of all life. While maintaining biblical ethics and morality, avoid being unnecessarily critical and judgmental. Focus on existing commonalities and bond with the others in those shared points. This will increase your bonding and lead to further connections.


Day 42. Week Six: Yesod: Bonding and bringing to Fruition
Day Seven:
Malchut of Yesod

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’nayim v’arbaim yom, shehaym
shi-sha shavuot ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is forty-two days, which are
six weeks of the Omer

When bonding with others it is vital to maintain your own power. Bonding with another should strengthen both parties not weaken either. When bonding is properly balanced each person seeks the best interest of the other, secure in his/her own standing. In this way both parties have their needs met with neither acting with self serving interests. This is the Way of G-d, uniting in peace to the glory of HaShem.

Practice: Do your associations with others enhance the well being of all parties or is there an unacceptable imbalance? As each individual is unique each brings different strengths and weaknesses to the relationship. Make sure these differences enhance mutual bonding and respect. In this on advances tikkun olam.


Day 43. Week Seven: Malchut: Sovereignty, Leadership
Day One: Chesed
of Malchut

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’nayim v’arbaim yom, shehaym
shi-sha shavuot ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is forty-three days, which are
six weeks and one day of the Omer

As we enter the final week of Sefirat HaOmer, the Omer Count, we focus on personal dignity and self respect. As sons and daughters of the Most High Monarch our birth rights entitle us to rule over whatever kingdom HaShem assigns to us. Despite this divine appointment, each of us must merit our seat within in the divine assembly. This elevation of consciousness has been the focus of these omer contemplations. Are we properly unitizing the Seven Emanations of Righteousness which have been entrusted into our hands? Do we merit service to HaShem and His people? Tehillim 82 reveals our options in this regard. Are my judgements and actions emerging from the Kingdom of Love? Are my judgements and actions fair to all concerned? Do my judgements and actions show mercy to those considered to be of less esteem? Am I fair and impartial? Do I show greater care for the affairs of those who can repay me in some way, or less to those who are orphaned, either literally or metaphorically? Are my judgements and actions blessings to the needy and those seeking my help or do I seek to establish my fame, respect, notoriety, or bank account balance? Do my judgements and actions increase the Light of the King or do they deepen the darkness of those who stand against the Love of Truth? The King has declared: "Arise, O God, judge the earth [in righteousness], for all the nations are Your possession," but do I truly understand that all things are His Alone and that as His servant I serve at His pleasure?

Practice: Go over the previous contemplations and ensure that to the best of your ability you are elevating your actions and your consciousness as suggested. Maintain and daily increase your observance and your attachment to HaShem. And in all of your of your observances make the spreading of loving-kindness your goal.


Day 44. Week Seven: Malchut: Sovereignty, Leadership
Day Two:
Gevurah of Malchut

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’nayim v’arbaim yom, shehaym
shi-sha shavuot ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is forty-four days, which are
six weeks and two days of the Omer

Having accepted your leadership potential you must be strong. Strong in emunah, strong in Torah knowledge, strong in ethics and morality. Even as a bird requires two wings to fly, so too we require the balance of Torah knowledge and hitbodedut, personal communion with G-d.

Practice: Determine to be strong in your study of Torah and in your prayer life. Such strength requires discipline and self control. Only you can establish your foundation, so Arise! (Tehillim 82).


Day 45. Week Seven: Malchut: Sovereignty, Leadership
Day Three:
Tiferet of Malchut

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’nayim v’arbaim yom, shehaym
shi-sha shavuot ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is forty-five days, which are
six weeks and three days of the Omer

Scripture tells us: How welcome on the mountain are the footsteps of the herald announcing happiness, heralding good fortune, announcing victory, telling Zion, “Your God is King!” -- Yeshiyahu 52:7. One who is established through the clear emmanation of Malchut with the inspiration of Tiferet wields beutiful spiritual energies. Contact with such energies are spiritually elevating and uplifting.

Practive: Seek association with the tzadikim, the lovers of HaShem who dwell in the Light of His Presence. Will yourself to be counted among their numbers by manifesting the beauty that is within you for this is the Beauty of HaShem.


Day 46. Week Seven: Malchut: Sovereignty, Leadership
Day Four:
Netzach of Malchut

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’nayim v’arbaim yom, shehaym
shi-sha shavuot ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is forty-six days, which are
six weeks and four days of the Omer

Through your contemplations and the application of your spiritual practices during the omer count you have achieved greater success in your goals. The endurance that you now exhibit when pursuing your well formulated plans establish your success.

Practice: Consider where you will go from here. Be assured of your solid foundation, develop your plans, and move forward with enduring emunah. With your faith firmly in HaShem anything is possible!


Day 47. Week Seven: Malchut: Sovereignty, Leadership
Day Five:
Hod of Malchut

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’nayim v’arbaim yom, shehaym
shi-sha shavuot ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is forty-seven days, which are
six weeks and five days of the Omer

When we consider the amount of independence HaShem grants compared to our complete dependance on Him we are both humbled and awed. Humbled because we have nothing to offer and awed because He offers everything to us.

Practice: Be consciously aware of HaShem's limitless mercy. Give Him thanks for everything that happens in your life, both for the seemingly positive and the seemingly negative understanding your intimate relationship with the Holy One.


Day 48. Week Seven: Malchut: Sovereignty, Leadership
Day Six:
Yesod of Malchut

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’nayim v’arbaim yom, shehaym
shi-sha shavuot ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is forty-eight days, which are
six weeks and six days of the Omer

The end of your endeavors is in sight! Your work has brought you to this point. You take pause to breath and to reflect on HaShem's amazing Goodness! Your goals have been reached, thanks to HaShem and your determination to attach yourself to Him.

Practice: Stand tall and confident that you have done all you can to bring about the changes that you desired. Know that you did not achieve this place on your own. HaShem has lead you here! As you stand as a prince or princess of HaShem, know that more remains to be done. Know too that even as HaShem has brought you this point, so too he will lead you ever forever. With this assurance proclaim loudly and joyfully BARUCH HASHEM! My G-d Lives!


Day 49. Week Seven: Malchut: Sovereignty, Leadership
Day Seven:
Malchut of Malchut

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’nayim v’arbaim yom, shehaym
shi-sha shavuot ba-omer (or la-omer)
Today is forty-nine days, which are
seven weeks of the Omer

YOU RULE!
Well, HaShem rules and it is His Will that His sons and daughters occupy themselves with the kingdoms allotted to them. These kingdoms are the lives and associations of each and every Jew!

Tehillim 82:

מִזְמ֗וֹר לְאָ֫סָ֥ף אֱ‍ֽלֹהִ֗ים נִצָּ֥ב בַּעֲדַת־אֵ֑ל בְּקֶ֖רֶב אֱלֹהִ֣ים יִשְׁפֹּֽט׃

A psalm of Asaph. God stands in the divine assembly; among the divine beings He pronounces judgment.

עַד־מָתַ֥י תִּשְׁפְּטוּ־עָ֑וֶל וּפְנֵ֥י רְ֝שָׁעִ֗ים תִּשְׂאוּ־סֶֽלָה׃

How long will you judge perversely, showing favor to the wicked?Selah.

שִׁפְטוּ־דַ֥ל וְיָת֑וֹם עָנִ֖י וָרָ֣שׁ הַצְדִּֽיקוּ׃

Judge the wretched and the orphan, vindicate the lowly and the poor,

פַּלְּטוּ־דַ֥ל וְאֶבְי֑וֹן מִיַּ֖ד רְשָׁעִ֣ים הַצִּֽילוּ׃

rescue the wretched and the needy; save them from the hand of the wicked.

לֹ֤א יָֽדְע֨וּ ׀ וְלֹ֥א יָבִ֗ינוּ בַּחֲשֵׁכָ֥ה יִתְהַלָּ֑כוּ יִ֝מּ֗וֹטוּ כָּל־מ֥וֹסְדֵי אָֽרֶץ׃

They neither know nor understand, they go about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth totter.

אֲ‍ֽנִי־אָ֭מַרְתִּי אֱלֹהִ֣ים אַתֶּ֑ם וּבְנֵ֖י עֶלְי֣וֹן כֻּלְּכֶֽם׃

I had taken you for divine beings, sons of the Most High, all of you;

אָ֭כֵן כְּאָדָ֣ם תְּמוּת֑וּן וּכְאַחַ֖ד הַשָּׂרִ֣ים תִּפֹּֽלוּ׃

but you shall die as men do, fall like any prince.

קוּמָ֣ה אֱ֭לֹהִים שָׁפְטָ֣ה הָאָ֑רֶץ כִּֽי־אַתָּ֥ה תִ֝נְחַ֗ל בְּכָל־הַגּוֹיִֽם׃

Arise, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are Your possession.

Naaseh Venishma

"Everything G‑d has said, we will do."

THUS ENDS THE COUNTING OF THE OMER!

!!! CHAG SHAVUOTt SAMEACH !!!

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