Counting the Omer for the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot is a practice that encourages mindfulness and personal reflection. In order to move from a place of liberation to revelation we are invited to use the act of counting to check in with ourselves. The kabbalists assigned a spiritual dimension to each day of the Omer, based on the sefirot, the ten emanations or characteristics of the Divine: Hesed (lovingkindness), Gevurah (strength/discipline), Tiferet (beauty/compassion), Netzach (endurance), Hod (humility), Yesod (bonding/commitment), and Malchut (majesty). Each week has a theme and each day a sub-theme; for example, Week 1 is Hesed, and Day 1 is Hesed of Hesed, Day 2 is Gevurah of Hesed, etc.
Ritualwell has invited dozens of contributors to create an original piece of content for each day of the Omer, based on the theme of the day. These pieces are presented here to inspire and enhance your practice. They include poems, meditations, kavannot (intentions), personal reflections, songs, and more. We hope this vast array of voices will give you new insights into your experience of this unique and transformative holiday.
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HOW TO COUNT THE OMER
Starting on the second night of Passover (March 31, 2018), count the Omer each evening after sundown.
Recite the following blessing while standing:
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha’Olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tizivanu al sefirat ha’omer.
Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has sanctified us with your commandments and commanded us to count the Omer.
Recite the following formula:
Hayom _____ [insert number of days in Hebrew] yom she’hem shavuah ekhad v’shishah yamim la’omer
Today is the _____ day of the Omer.
Before or after you count, use our resources below or take a few moments to quietly contemplate the theme of the day and how it can apply to your life.