41st Day of the Omer

26 Iyar
41st Day of the Omer

I set before you life and death, blessing and the curse. Choose life.
Deuteronomy 30:19

Sometimes we see the world as if it falls short of what we need.
There is never enough, there is always something missing.
The foundation is somehow cracked, leaking goodness.
When we believe this we are afraid. When we are afraid we behave badly.

Sometimes we see the world as if it is filled with possibility.
There is a consistent sense of hope, there is always a way.
The foundation on which we stand is firm, opportunity abounds.
When we believe this we foster inner peace. When we are at peace, we are more loving.

These two ways of seeing the world are largely a matter of perspective and
our personal perspective on life is largely a matter of choice. 
We choose to see a world of scarcity. We choose to see a world of abundance.
Choose wisely. And then choose again. And again.

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 forty-first day – five weeks and six days of the Omer.