When we know ourselves, even a little, we are aware of our vulnerability. We are vulnerable to what we see as chance and happenstance, to the mortality of our loved ones and ourselves, to indifference and insensitivity of others. No wonder we hide. We hide from ourselves, from intimacy with others, from God. Come out into the light. The truth of who you are and your place in the world is strong and lovely. Faith helps keep us steady when we feel exposed. Actually, to be vulnerable and exposed is also to be open. Open your heart, and love will come. Open your mind and possibilities appear. Open your spirit and God calls out to you and invites you the life you were given.
Rabbi Karyn Kedar
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 eleventh day – a week and four days of the Omer.