Today is the forty-ninth day – seven weeks of the Omer.

I have numbered my days and come to understand that my days are numbered. The finite nature of my life demands my attention and constant consideration. I have been granted daily life in order to think, to contemplate, to be kind, to be purposeful, to be silent, to be energetic, to be god-like, to be fully human, to be forgiving, to be in love, to be aware of life with all aspects of my being, with my mind, my body, my spirit. I have numbered my days and have come to understand that each day is an invitation:

  • Today: an invitation to become present
  • The day before: an invitation to be reflective
  • The day after: an invitation to become repentant
  • Not today: an invitation to be discerning
  • Tomorrow: an invitation to anticipate
  • Yesterday: an invitation to remember
  • Never again: an invitation to commit
  • Someday: an invitation to dream
  • Most days: an invitation to cultivate discipline
  • Until the day of all days, the last day: an invitation into eternity

Rabbi Karyn Kedar, Omer: A Counting


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 forty-ninth day – seven weeks of the Omer.