Counting the Omer (Taylor Swift’s Version) 5784

Who knew that Taylor Swift’s music and the Jewish tradition of counting the Omer could be so intertwined? Both offer opportunities for personal growth, reflection, and a deeper connection with the world around us🌾

The period of the counting of the Omer is a time of introspection and growth – for a person to work on one’s good characteristics (middot) through reflection and development of one aspect each day for the 49 days of the counting.
In Kabbalah, each of the seven weeks of the Omer-counting is associated with one of the seven lower sefirot:
  1. Chesed (loving-kindness)
  2. Gevurah (might)
  3. Tipheret (beauty)
  4. Netzach (victory)
  5. Hod (acknowledgment)
  6. Yesod (foundation)
  7. Malchut (kingdom)

Each day of each week is also associated with one of these same seven sefirot, creating forty-nine permutations. The first day of the Omer is therefore associated with “chesed that is in chesed” (loving-kindness within loving-kindness), the second day with “gevurah that is in chesed” (might within loving-kindness); the first day of the second week is associated with “chesed that is in gevurah” (loving-kindness within might), the second day of the second week with “gevurah that is in gevurah” (might within might), and so on.

Based on these themes, I assigned each day of the Omer a Taylor Swift song! 
  1. Our Song
  2. Midnight Rain
  3. the 1
  4. New Year’s Day
  5. Mine
  6. So High School
  7. This Love
  8. Better Man
  9. Jump then Fall
  10. You’re On Your Own, Kid
  11. Clean
  12. Back to December
  13. mad woman
  14. Mean
  15. The Best Day
  16. this is me trying
  17. Innocent
  18. A Place in this World
  19. happiness
  20. It’s Nice To Have A Friend
  21. The Archer
  22. 22
  23. long story short
  24. Timeless
  25. Dear Reader
  26. All Of The Girls You Loved Before
  27. Look What You Made Me Do
  28. Vigilante Shit
  29. Foolish One
  30. How You Get The Girl
  31. Stay Beautiful
  32. Begin Again
  33. The Lucky One
  34. peace – the long pond studio sessions
  35. Mastermind
  36. Daylight
  37. tolerate it
  38. Sweet Nothing
  39. All Too Well (10 Minute Version)
  40. Change
  41. invisible string
  42. The Man
  43. White Horse
  44. You Need to Calm Down
  45. Call It What You Want
  46. Shake It Off
  47. Castles Crumbling
  48. Mary’s Song
  49. Long Live

See the playlist here

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