24th Day of the Omer
I know, we have all said this over and over. But isn’t it absolutely true?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth
tending as all music does, toward silence
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it’s all over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
Mary Oliver, When Death Comes, from New and Selected
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 twenty-fourth day – three weeks and three days of the Omer.