Thursday, May 3, 2012

Day 27 of the Omer

On this 27th day of the Omer, we focus on the Divine Attributes of Y'sod in Netzach - Bonding, or Stability, in Endurance.

Monarch butterflies migrate slowly northward each spring and summer. Their migration is tied to the flowering of the milkweed plant. Milkweed rely on butterflies, moths, bees, ants, and wasps for pollination. Foraging insects land on the milkweed flowers and unwittingly gather pollen on their legs. As they wander from flower to flower in their foraging, they deposit the pollen on other flowers. There the pollen grains germinate, which leads to the fertilization of eggs and the growth and formation of fruit pods filled with seeds.

The milkweed plants depend on the insects and the insects depend on the milkweed. Some  insects, including the larval stage of monarch butterflies, feed exclusively on milkweed, and are totally dependent on them.

We, too, form strong bonds with others, and these bonds help us endure through days both harrowing and joyous. The bonds we share with family, friends, and co-workers make a difference in our lives. They ensure that we have someone to turn to, both to celebrate accomplishments and important milestones and to hold us through dark days, painful moments, and heart-wrenching events in life. Our enduring bonds with others sustains us and help us endure and persevere.

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 twenty-seven days which is three weeks and six days of the Omer.

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