38th Day of the Omer

23 Iyar
38th Day of the Omer

When Abraham looked up, his eyes fell upon a ram, caught in the thicket by its horns. So Abraham offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son.  Genesis 22: 13

We have charted a course for ourselves and so we walk along a road. And though the course is well considered, periodically we reach a barrier in the road as if suddenly someone has put up a brick wall preventing us from moving forward. And we cannot proceed. So we have a choice. We can beat our heads against the wall. We can sit there, and stare at the wall in dismay. We can try to climb over it, go around it, or dig under it. Or we can simply turn our head sharply to the left and see that there is another way, a different path.

Sometimes I think that obstacles and barriers are God’s way of telling us to turn left. In this way we are partners with God in our destiny. We keep along the straight and narrow path until we are made to take a turn, change direction, make a change so drastic that it seems like a sharp turn in the way we behave, or the direction of our life. Remember, stuck is a perspective. Barriers are invitations to take a different path. Obstacles beckon us to make a change.

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 thirty-eighth day – five weeks and three days of the Omer.