Counting the Days

Rabbi’s Message – April 14, 2020

We were instructed in the book of Leviticus to count forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot, beginning on the second night of Passover.  Each night we are to bring an omer of elevation to the Temple as an offering.  This ancient tradition has taken on new meaning for us, especially this year.  It is understood as an opportunity to express gratitude, refocus our priorities, and look more deeply at the responsibility that comes with freedom.  It helps inspire us to to do the hard work of spiritual purification. 

I have found that a meaningful way for me to incorporate this practice is to reflect on each day of the Omer with the poetry and prose found in Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar’s book Omer: A Counting.

As we prepare to move beyond our festival of freedom, I invite you to take a deep breath and consider the following reading for the Sixth Day of the Omer.

“When we are young we are led to believe that our legacy lies in our successes and our failures.  Our most abiding legacy lies within our strength of character.  How we react, respond, rebound is a measure of our inner strength, our inner vision of what is possible…”

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