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Omer 2019: Week 1

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Week 1: Hesed (Love, Compassion, Lovingkindness)

As we begin Counting the Omer, each day's quality intersects with Hesed, inviting us to contemplate various dimensions of love. We invited writers to reflect on each daily theme as part of Ritualwell's annual Omer Fundraising Campaign. Download our free PDF below. As you gather inspiration for your Omer journey, please take a moment to support Ritualwell so we can continue to offer you free, meaningful content all year long. Thank you!

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Hila Ratzabi
Managing Editor, Ritualwell

Artwork: Omer 2018
D'vorah Horn


Day 1: Hesed of Hesed

The way to begin: wrap love in love, rest head in Palm, cradle body, flow from above unhindered. Father-mother yourself like a new people. Melt at the scent of the Beloved. Remember your names. —Rabbi Tamara Cohen

Day 2: Gevurah of Hesed

An open heart
has its own strength
its own borders.
Kindness fits
within the space, just so,
so sweetly, like flowers
in a field,
a riot of colors
and glory.
—Stacey Zisook Robinson

Day 3: Tiferet of Hesed

The beautiful splendor of a simple act of kindness is most pronounced when it is done with a loving heart. Act for love and you will find beauty. —Rabbi Elyse Wechterman

Day 4: Netzach of Hesed

Blessed One-ness,
When I have a choice,
I choose to survive.
}When I have a choice,
I choose to listen.
When I have a choice,
I choose to be kind.
When I don’t have a choice,
I choose to pray.
—Trisha Arlin

Day 5: Hod of Hesed

Profound love has prolific power to produce a peace that permeates the heart and spirit. Its power can heal past pain, create a purposeful present filled with forgiveness, and inspire hope for the future. —Dr. Tarece Johnson

Day 6: Yesod of Hesed

There is no such thing as too much caring, too much love, too much thoughtfulness. The practice of kindness to self and others can uplift and reshape the texture of our lives; it is a key to authentic Jewish living. —Rabbi David Teutsch

Day 7: Malchut of Hesed

In entering exile with Am Israel, the Shekhinah embodies Malchut b'Hesed—sovereignty in lovingkindness. In giving up her throne to suffer alongside her people, the Shekhinah teaches us both grace and empathy. —Sivan Butler-Rotholz

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