Counting the Omer: day 35

Count for this day in the evening of the date shown above.

Counting the Omer began the second night of Passover, which was on April 9, 2020. The last day of counting is May 27, 2020.

You can learn more about the practice and history of counting the Omer here.

day 35 of the Omer: qualities of focus

Week 5 of the Omer is focused on splendor and humility – Hod.

The fifth week of the Omer is focused on Splendor and Humility (Hod). The quality of Hod is sometimes talked about as the kind of splendor that is so awe-filling that we can’t help but be humbled. But this sense of awe can also be nurtured as we look in our world and in our lives for what is splendorous, big or small, and allow ourselves to be humbled into gratitude.

The seventh day of the week is focused on Divine Presence in the world around us (Malkhut / Shekhinah).

The thirty-fifth day is focused on Divine Presence in our world, and our need to care for this world’s Splendor. It can be a humbling task .

the blessing for counting the Omer

It’s traditional to say a blessing each evening, followed by reciting which day it is in the Omer journey. Here’s the blessing in English, feminized Hebrew, and the traditional masculine Hebrew. Use whichever Hebrew and/or English versions work for you!

English version of the blessing

Blessed are you, Eternal One-ness, Source and Breath of All Life, that has made us holy with your mitzvot, and compels us to count the Omer.

If you prefer feminine God language in Hebrew:

בְּרוּכָה אַתְּ יָהּ אֱלֹהֵינוּ רוּחַ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בִּמְצַוְּתָהּ וְצִוָּנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר

B’rukhah at Yah Eloheynu khay ha’olamim asher kideshatnu bemitzvoteha vetzivatnu al sefirat ha’omer.

If you prefer masculine God language, or just like the traditional way of saying the blessing:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר

Baruch ata adonai, eloheynu melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu al sefirat ha-omer.

here’s today’s count, in Hebrew (transliterated), and English.

The process for counting the Omer: bless, count, reflect, repeat!

Ha-yom chamishah u-shloshim yom, shehem chamishah shavuot la-omer.

Today is thirty-five days, which marks five weeks of the Omer.

Let me know if you have any questions. I’ve never done this before via blog post, and need your help to make sure everything works.

prefer Hebrew script?

If you prefer to read the blessing and count using Hebrew text, check out this app.

Or look in your favorite siddur (prayer book). It can often be found at the end of the evening service.

today’s poetic meditation

I’m posting a poetic meditation for each day to enhance the journey. Each meditation is focused on the kabbalistic qualities (sefirot) associated with the day.

The kabbalists often used the image of gates to describe the portals of consciousness represented by the sefirot, and that’s reflected in the ending to each of the meditations.

Evoking the kabbalistic Tree of Life during the Omer.

The kabbalists also often referenced the Tree of Life, upon which the sefirot are represented by the trunk and branches.

Some people like to read the meditations when they say the blessing at night. Others like to contemplate them in the morning to provide spiritual nourishment for the day’s activities.

Experiment, and see what works for you!

Malkhut b’Hod: the healing that’s Present, the healing that’s needed

The Divine Shekhina
likes to be known.

She paints flowers
and sunsets and moons.
She blows fierce winds
so we’ll hear her,
and raises dew gently
from the grass
so we’ll feel her
beneath our feet.

She’s been grumbling
that we aren’t paying
enough attention,
and she's not feeling
well at all.
Her system
is out of balance,
her icy caps
are melting too fast,
her waters are falling
and spilling
and creating
huge torrents,
her temperature
is rising.

If only we could
take her to the
emergency room,
let the experts
bring her fever down
but this illness
of the earth
is attacking
the very systems
designed to
maintain her.

We humans are cells
that need to rally
on her behalf,
nurture each other,
love ourselves well.

What is one thing
you can do today
to notice the earth’s
enhance the malkhut,
the nobility,
of another,
or enrich the soil
of your own life
with awareness

Walk through the
35th gate and notice
healing presence.

Copyright Shifrah Tobacman, 2012.

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Day lily being its splendorous self.

prefer to hold a book in your hand?

You might be interested in Rabbi Shifrah’s collection Omer/Teshuvah: 49 Poetic Meditations for Counting the Omer or Turning Toward a New Year. Write to to get a copy!

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Poetic meditations on the Omer from Rabbi Shifrah

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About Rabbi Shifrah


I’m a rabbi, holistic teacher, interfaith chaplain, end of life doula, and poet. I have a healer’s spirit, and am dedicated to social, economic, and environmental justice. I live in Emeryville, CA with my beloved wife Ruth, with whom I’ve been happily partnered for over twenty-two years.

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