12th Day of the Omer
That in the midst of unspeakable acts there can be kindness and heroes. That while faced with darkness we have a choice and that choice will have us succumb to the darkness or despite it all search for the light. How do I live a life with greater meaning and purpose? By choosing light over darkness, by actions that will heal a broken world and comfort a weakened spirit, through kindness and mindful living. What and how are questions that force us to love more, hug more, work harder to create a society that is just, to notice the beauty in life and the great significance of every breath. When we feel most powerless, most vulnerable, is when in fact we have the greatest power. By confronting our vulnerability and heightened sense of mortality we are aware, we are awake, and we are propelled toward kindness, because the alternatives are too much to bear.
Rabbi Karyn D. 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 twelfth day – a week and five days of the Omer.