This is a meditation on counting. During the seven weeks from Passover, which marks the exodus from Egypt, to Shavuot, the holiday commemorating revelation on Sinai, Jews count the days and weeks. It’s called the Counting the Omer. We remember the journey from the depths of slavery to the heights of G-d’s Holy Presence. This prayer, and the act of counting, are reminders to stay present. Here’s a link to my Times of Israel essay on counting the Omer. To listen along as you read, click on the triangle in the bar below. This piece appears in my new book This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day from CCAR Press.
The Season of Counting
This is the season of counting:
Of counting days and nights,
Of counting the space between slavery of the body
And freedom of the soul.
This is a season of seeing:
Of seeing earth and sky,
Of seeing renewal in the land
And renewal in our hearts.
This is a season of journey:
Of inner journeys and outer journeys
Taking us places that need us,
Places that we need.
This is the season of counting,
The season of joyous anticipation,
Of wondrous waiting, in devotion and awe,
For our most precious gift,
The gift that binds our hearts to each other across the millennia,
The gift that binds our souls to G-d’s Holy Word.
© 2017 CCAR Press from This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day
Postscript: Here are links to prayers and meditations for each week of counting the Omer and Shavuot:
- Week One: Chesed (Lovingkindness, Love, Benevolence)
- Week Two: Gevurah (Discipline, Justice, Restraint, Awe)
- Week Three: Tiferet (Beauty, Harmony, Compassion, Truth)
- Week Four: Netzach (Eternity, Endurance, Fortitude, Ambition)
- Week Five: Hod (Humility, Splendor)
- Week Six: Yesod (Foundation, Bonding)
- Week Seven: Malchut – Nobility, Sovereignty, Leadership)
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