1st Day of the Omer

16 Nisan 
1st Day of the Omer

We count seven weeks of the Omer. This first week let us dedicate to the powerful spiritual principle of decision. Every journey, every evolution, every fundamental change begins with the decision to live, to be, to speak, to act another way. 

With fortitude, determination, and focus we can decide that the way we are living, thinking, behaving, no longer serves us, and it is time to try another way. This is not a small matter. We try to shift from familiar and comfortable patterns. We find ourselves affirming our decisions and refining them over and over. As quickly as we decide to embark on a path, we often become confused. It is a continual cycle. So many voices prevail upon our good intentions. Which voice to listen to? And to what end?

Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar, from 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 first day of the Omer.