After sundown on Wednesday, April 24th we recite:
(Traditional) Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b-mitz’votav v-tzivanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.
(Feminized) Aht brucha Shechina eloheynu chey ha-olamim asher kidash’tanu b-mitz’voteyha v-tziv’tanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.
We bless the Source of time and space that summons us to holy action and instructs us on the counting of the omer.
Today is 30 days of the Omer, which is 4 weeks and 2 days of the Omer.
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Today has the quality of Gevurah sheh b- Hod, of discipline within submission.
It’s so natural to exert our will, to meet uncertainty with the force of doing, to respond to our vulnerability with the energy of anger, to use the formidable tools of our minds and hearts and bodies to try to change what is and to bend reality to the shape of our desires. Today, we notice where our discomfort with submission arises. We watch our “doing impulse” trying to get into the game. We call on gevurah, discipline, in order to stay with what is, to settle more deeply into the place of submitting and giving over.
Ribbono Shel Olam, Master of the Universe, today I invite gevurah, discipline, into my experience of hod, letting go. Help me to live into this experience of submission by giving over to the discipline of continuing to walk a path that I don’t yet understand. May my practice today be of service to You and to Your Creation.
Gevurah/strength is the tool bound to your thigh like a sword; Hod/splendor and Hadar/majesty are yours.
חֲג֚וֹר חַרְבְּךָ֣ עַל־יָרֵ֣ךְ גִּבּ֑וֹר ה֝וֹדְךָ֗ וַֽהֲדָרֶֽךָ