Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Day 19 of the Omer

Today we celebrate the Divine Attributes of Hod in Tiferet, Humility in Harmony, as we count this fifth day of the second week of the Omer.

Ice crystals form on the slow-moving water of the stream; the temperature drops and ice forms even on the rocks of a rushing mountain brook. Delicate, exquisite, a sight to take away my breath. Water falling over the edge of a cliff forms a thundering waterfall - spectacular it is. The water vapor in the air - I cannot see it. It is invisible. Yet from it forms rain and snow and hail and sleet, all the forms of precipitation that bring water back to the ground and to the flowers and bushes and trees.

We need to know when to be seen and when to be invisible, when to be forth-coming and when to step back in humility. In order to be seen at some moments, we must first be invisible. We need to keep the appropriate balance between being seen and being invisible in order to maintain the harmony and the balance in our lives.   

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha'olam, asher kid-shanu b'mitzvotav, vitzivanu, al sefirat ha'omer.

Blessed are you Adonai our G!d, ruler of the universe, who sanctifies us with mitzvot and commands us regarding the counting of the Omer.

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

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