19th Day of the Omer

4 Iyar
19th Day of the Omer
Yom HaAtzma’ut

I love the quote, it raises me up, lifts my mind toward aspirations:

I think continually of those who were great.
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul’s history
Through corridors of light, where the hours and suns,
Endless and singing. Whose lovely ambition
Was that their lips, still touched with fire,
Should tell of the Spirit clothed from head to foot in song,
And who hoarded from the spring branches
The desires falling across their bodies like blossoms.

Stephen Spender

 

 

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 nineteenth day – two weeks and five days of the Omer.