Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Day 4 of the Omer

Netzach is the Divine Attribute of Endurance, and on this fourth day of counting the omer, we encounter Netzach in Chesed, Endurance in Lovingkindness. 

The Moon continues to wane, and eventually will be just a thin crescent in the night sky; it will grow dark, it will gradually wax until it becomes full, and then the cycle will start again, to repeat itself over and over again. The Moon may appear to be fickle as it comes and goes, but in reality it endures, it continues to be present even when we can't see it, and it becomes visible over and over again. The Moon is always there. It is with us for the long haul.

So, too, is G!d with us for the long haul, and G!d's kindness is with us for the long haul, through thick and thin, through hard times and good, through days when we feel like no one loves us and days when we know we are loved, through times when people treat us unfairly and times when we feel on top of the world. May our kindness be like the Moon and like G!d -- always present, always with us, enduring.

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 regarding the counting of the omer.

Today is four days of the Omer.

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