8th Day of the Omer
We count seven weeks of the Omer. This second week let us practice the art of discernment. As we decide upon a path we must discern, differentiate, discriminate, between messages and voices, from within ourselves and from family and friends – where to go, what to do, how?
Sort through the advice of friends and the echoes of your parents. Understand what helps and what doesn’t and sort, choosing what to keep, what to discard. Question your well-guarded assumptions and challenge the pervasive fear of doing the wrong thing. Discernment is clarity. It is fine-tuning. It is guidance. It is trusting intuition over fear, listening to the gentle fluttering of longing and to the whispers of the soul. It is self-reliance. It is the utter denial of negativity and the commitment to positive thinking. And yet, discernment is not dogmatic - there are a myriad of possibilities to self-actualize, to discover purpose, to have a meaningful life, to impact our world, making it safer and more compassionate.
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 eighth day – a week and one day of the Omer.