39th Day of the Omer
We do hurt people. How our life has really affected others is something we simply don’t know. At times I think we do far more damage than we imagine and that there are all sorts of people who could point at us and say “you never even noticed, but what you did really wounded me.” The hurts we inflict make a mark on our own soul and we carry it with us as part of our essential identity. Perhaps a really wise person is one who knows how to read those marks and see the conscience beneath the skin. It is because we cause each other hurt that we can never be completely pure. That is why I was so moved when a famous actor, asked shortly before his death, what he felt he had achieved in his life, answered that he hoped he had never hurt anybody.
Jonathan Wittenberg, The Eternal Journey
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-ninth day – five weeks and four days of the Omer.