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Counting of the Omer, 2007
Week 1 Intentions
Baruch atah adonay eloheynu melech ha'olam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al sefirat ha'omer.
Blessed are you, HASHEM, our God, who makes us holy with mitzvot and has commanded us to count the Omer.
Ha-yom yom e-chad ba-omer. Today is one day of the Omer
a black hole
WHAT IS THIS?
If you missed it, check out Rabbi Jim's email of last Saturday, "counting the Omer," which explains the basic principles whereby each day of the Omer relates to a permutation of two sefirot. These meditations will follow the structure outlined there.
My decision to write these haiku-like Omer meditations (Jim suggested calling them "chai-ku") was stimulated by a friend who appreciates haiku and, more recently, by reading a piece on Basho. In particular, I chose this form to avoid what seemed to me the well-meaning but overly moralistic and prescriptive meditations available on various websites (an example: "Exercise for the day: Start building something constructive together with a loved one"). I was looking for something more evocative, that left readers with more space to reflect, to integrate these qualities--which we find both in godliness, in nature, and in ourselves--with the stream of their lives. Some of the meditations I read looked like superficial attempts to divert the stream.
Your reactions and ruminations are most welcome.
Omer Day One
The first night of the counting is chesed in chesed
the light of the Seder Pesach is so bright
that the Omer is set to sustain it
we are taught
when God gives it
God never takes it away
still if we could have held it just the way it was given
the messiah would have come
so the first day of Pesach
we bring a sin offering
maybe we had neglected someone else
because we were too full
We are stardust
Ha-yom sh'nay yamim ba-omer. Today is two days of the Omer.
the monkey an apricot
but i know better.
The Omer Link
The point of yetziat mitzrayim
to become a holy people
it is the Omer period that makes the connection
we weren't asked on Pesach if we wanted to be free on Shavuos we were asked: do you want this Torah?
remember what the rebbes said
At the moment of separation
Ha-yom sh'losha yamim ba-omer. Today is three days of the Omer.
the clarinet soars
Omer Day 3From the Haggadah
I will pass through the land of Egypt (Exodus 12:12)
ANI V'LO MALACH
. . .ehleh HaKadosh Barukh Hu
me not an angel
only the Holy One of Blessing
whenever he would hear that
in that moment
occupied by Godliness.
Shlomo used to say
mamesh: similar to really, truly, so true
Ha-yom arba-a yamim ba-omer. Today is four days of the Omer.
a door of bene-
Omer Day Four
What is the Pesach
God passed over
God pasach jumped in jumped out of our story this from Rebbe Nachman.
In Mitzrayim, we were feeling far away
We offered up our distance with the Pesach lamb the fragrance rose and God descended.
Near and far jumping in jumping out all the same we came to understand the secret of the Pesach lamb
that was something
My soul is dancing
to your beautiful rhythm
help me cross the bridge
Ha-yom chami-sha yamim ba-omer. Today is five days of the Omer.
the blackberries on
At Shavuos we were given Torah
between my reach
Bringing a new season
upon this winter worn face,
soft kiss of sunshine
Fills those "waiting times" of Life,
Thank you everyone for your teachings.
Ha-yom shi-sha yamim ba-omer. Today is six days of the Omer.
Day 6: Yesod of Chesed
a kind of chain,
Omer Day Six
What is this matza?
Matza becomes mitzva with an added vuv
bread of faith to redemption
We are broken most at the level of soul neshama
At the level of soul neshama we are most healed
So a couple of weeks ago I am pulling together some materials together at work for the Neve monthly Board meeting. My office mate, S, observes what I am doing and makes the following comments:
“For many years my father was head of our Hindu temple in India. He was always angry because he could never get enough people to volunteer and he never felt appreciated enough for all his volunteer efforts.
It’s too bad that he was never able to understand that the rewards for that type of work have to be internal. If you’re looking for validation from others you will always be disappointed.”
I smiled and thought to myself, “Yes, I get that concept.”
between kind morning drivers
and assertive geese
So a couple of weeks ago I am pulling together some materials together at work for the Neve monthly Board meeting. My office mate, S observes what I am doing and makes the following comments:
"For many years my father was head of our Hindu temple in India. He was always angry because he could never get enough people to volunteer and he never felt appreciated enough for all his volunteer efforts.
It's too bad that he was never able to understand that the rewards for that type of work have to be internal. If you're looking for validation from others you will always be disappointed.
I smiled and thought to myself, "Yes, I get that concept."
all our congregants
got that concept
Ha-yom shiv-a yamim, shehaym shavu-a e-chad ba-omer. Today is seven days, which equals one week of the Omer.
"blessed be YHVH
Omer Day 7
Maror bitter herb
Because our lives were embittered as slaves this you tell the children what will you tell me?
Hillel taught us to combine the
he wasn't talking about food
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