Barukh ata Adonay, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonay our God, ruler of the universe, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer.
2019 May 07 2nd of Iyyar, 5779 17th day of the Omer + Tuesday night 18 Days in the Omer
The Omer is counted every evening after nightfall, from the second night of Passover till the night before Shavuot
The Elohim will judge the peoples justly and guide the nations on earth forever.
The peoples will extol You, O God; all the peoples will extol You, for the earth will have yielded its produce and God, our God, will bless us.
God will bless us; and all, from the farthest corners of the earth, shall fear Him.
When looking at the Most High and than looking at His creatures we can imagine how disappointed He must be by what they made of themselves and this world.
He has given us His Word and His mitzvot so that we could make the best of our world, but so many did prefer to follow their own nose and to do their own will, following their own path instead of trying to follow the Path of the Bore.
“You shall count for yourselves from the day following the day of rest, from the day on which you bring the Omer as a wave-offering; [the counting] shall be for seven full weeks.
Until the day following the seventh week shall you count fifty days,” so that the souls of Your people Israel may be cleansed from their defilement.
Some may say it is not always easy to know what God wants from us and to be clean. But if they would read the Scriptures they would know what God wants from us and how we can make the best of this world even without having to give into the world, keeping ourselves clean.
Our count demonstrates our thrill for the impending occasion of receiving the Torah, celebrated on Shavuot. Just as a child often counts the days until the end of school or an upcoming family vacation, we count the days up to the Day of Shavuos to show our excitement at again receiving the Torah (as we do in fact receive the Torah in a renewed sense every year).
Among all the strength and might, the conquest and dominion, the intimacy and beauty that is to come, the Elohim needs us to care. We should appreciate that what is given to us. We should see how much is given to us … and that is a lot. We also should know that if we would do as the Nazarene rebbe Jeshua, who put his own will aside to do the Will of God, our path will be smoother than that of most people. It does not mean we shall not have to face difficulties or troubles; All people shall receive their share of this corrupt world.
When following the rules and regulations put in front of us by the Most High we shall see that there are answers that weren’t there before or that those who do not put faith in God would not see. We see ways through hitherto impenetrable jungles.
We should know that by our choice for God, we are already blessed in this lifetime. He is it Who gives us the opportunity to grow and to enrich our life spiritually.
This day we should make use to see the love within love, chesed (kindness) within kindness and to take the opportunity to show it to others. this all with the knowledge that it is the Bore Who makes us set apart or holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer. It is the time to put away all angriness. We should know we can overcome this world by overcoming our frustrations and anger and by choosing for love and kindness. Giving room for kindness we are also showing that we want to forgive and want to be ready for others. We can be kind to those that don’t have our strengths and be helpful showing the way to God.
We should not be satisfied with ourselves, but continually work at our character. In a sense we are not allowed to become satisfied with our current level of spirituality. Instead the Torah tells us to set high goals for ourselves, and then methodically strive to reach that goal. in the process of improving ourselves we should let it shine so that others feel the difference of a “child of God” and a goyim.
Let us show kindness to those around us and make sure that they know that we are willing to be available for them to spend time with those who need us. Loving someone means treating them the way you want to be treated. Love your neighbour as yourself is what is requested from us. Any day is a good one to start doing so, so why wait for tomorrow?
Powerful, Holy One, in Your abounding goodness, guide Your congregation.
Only and Exalted One, turn to Your people who are mindful of Your holiness. Accept our supplication and hear our cry, You who knows secret thoughts. Blessed be the name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever.
The kindness to others should have us as brethren and sisters helping each other to grow spiritually, also by together spending time to read the scriptures and to discuss what is written in those scrolls. And let us remind us of the link between Passover, which commemorates the Exodus, and Shavu’ot, which commemorates the giving of the Torah. It reminds us that the redemption from slavery was not complete until we received the Torah.
Together we should show the world outside our ecclesia how happy we are with the blessings God gives us. We also should remind ourselves and the others how we should become better persons, and one of the steps to become that is by showing kindness to others and to be generous, using gentle speech.
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- Count Your Blessings — Count The Omer
- The Sheaf (Omer) of the First Fruit and counting
- Coming Through Passover, Omer Count, Shavouth & Pentecost Day-17
- Counting, listening, becoming – a d’varling for Acharei Mot and the Omer
- We’re Counting the Omer
- Lift up your heads, and know that you count
- Where It All Needs to Start
- Looking forward to a year full of Kindness
- Kindness to Yourself
- High time to show the way to peace
- Created in the image of the Elohim to use their likeness properly
- Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
- He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass
- Call to help others
- The truest greatness lies in being kind
- If you want to go far in life
- Be kinder than necessary
- Spread love everywhere you go
- When we love we do not need laws
- The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
- A man who cannot forgive others
- If there is bitterness in the heart
- Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness
- For attractive lips, speak words of kindness
- The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
- Looking for True Spirituality 5 Fruitage of the Spirit
- The Nazarene master teacher learning people how they should behave
- Matthew 12:33-37 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Judgment Day
- Be sound in mind and be vigilant with a view to prayers
- Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
- International Day of Happiness!