Today is the sixth day of the Omer, Yesod of Chesed, Bonding in Love.
Deep bonds of affection, camaraderie, and appreciation for the unique gifts of each soul are needed to fully actualize love. I am grateful to experience these bonds in my family of origin and my family of choice.
The Meaningful Life Center published the MyOmer app, the source of the meditation that begins my counting. Chabad published the Omer Counter – I prefer their version of the blessing that is supposed to accompany the counting when done at night.
According to strict Jewish law, you cannot say the blessing if you don’t start counting on the second night of Passover without missing a day. As Rabbi Finley, says every year, the Omer Police are woefully underfunded – so engage with the tradition as you can because it is truly transformative. This is the first year I have dedicated to completing the count continuously at night and I have to say, it is helping me rediscover why I am in rabbinical school.