in your life mirror your world.
If they are hollow, dull, or cruel
So will you see your life.
If they are loving, inspirational, and supportive
You will reflect their beauty.
It is most important
That the company you keep
Reflect the life you wish to live.
Choose your companions wisely,
Seek your teachers well,
Consider carefully the ones you engage
In serious conversation.
Look into the eyes of those who surround you
And you will see a reflection of yourself.
Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar, God Whispers: Stories of the Soul, Lessons of the Heart
Baruch Ata Adonai Elo-hei-nu me-lech ha-olam a-sher ke-d-sha-nu b- mitz-vo-tav, v-tzi-va-nu al s-fi-rat ha-omer.
Praised be you Adonai our God who rules the Universe instilling within us the holiness of mitzvot by commanding us to count the Omer. Today is the ninth day – a week and two days of the Omer.