16th Day of the Omer

1 Iyar
16th Day of the Omer

When the question why simply fails us it is best replaced by two different questions: what and how. What do I learn from tragedy about life and living? How do I live more fully, with greater meaning and purpose? These are deeply spiritual questions. They are almost prayers, as they express our aspiration to live fully and to not give in to darkness. They require thought, contemplation, practice. These two questions are our inoculation against despair and cynicism. The answers they provide are our safety net when we are in a free fall. The words that form as we articulate an answer to these two questions begin to give us a spiritual vocabulary that will help us in time of anguish. What do I need to learn? That life is fragile.

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 sixteenth day – two weeks and two days of the Omer.