The Omer: Meaning for Today
Making it count.
Associations with the Seven Sefirot of the Omer Period.
["Sefirot" refers to the kabbalistic notion of the divine emanations.]
1. Chesed: Overflowing Loving kindness
2. G'vurah: Judgment, Justice, Rigor
3. Tiferet: Compassion, Beauty, Balance
4. Netzakh: Victory, Efficiency, Prevailing
5. Hod: Glory, Splendor
6. Y'sod: Foundation, Intimacy, Generativity
7. Malkhut: Majesty, God's Earthly Realm
How to Focus Each Day of the Omer
On the first day of the counting, work on chesed within chesed (the purest love within yourself). Day two: g'vurah within chesed (the anger within our love). And so forth.
On the second week, focus on g'vurah. Day Eight focus on chesed within g'vurah (the love inside judgement). And so on…
Thus goes the meditation.
The counting of the omer serves us as a link between Passover and Shavuot. It reminds us of the liberation we celebrated during Passover, and just how easy it is for us to slip back into slavery. Let each day of the 50 days bring us a moment of meditation, to work on our best selves and ready ourselves for receiving rules to live by (Torah) on Shavuot. May we learn how to make our lives easier, yet more meaningful as we celebrate in a small way each day, focusing on the important moments of life.
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