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.
day 42 of the Omer: qualities of focus
The sixth week of the Omer is focused on Foundation and Connection (Yesod). The quality of Yesod is a force for creative life-giving energy.
The seventh day of the week is focused on Divine Presence (Malkhut/Shekhinah).
The forty-second day is focused on Divine Presence, and how we notice in our lives through Foundation and Connection.
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.
Ha-yom shnayim v’arba-im yom, shehem shishah shavuot la-omer.
Today is forty-two days, which marks six 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.
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’Yesod: the foundation of the Shekhina’s Divine Presence
Most of us can’t live without shoes. Can we tie our shoes today, or slip them on our feet, with so much holy intention that we are bound to the Shekhina through this most basic activity of daily living? The sovereignty of Malkhut is represented by the Shekhina, the earthly manifestation of the Divine, Blessed be Her name. If we could all walk, and walked outside barefoot all the time on smooth ground, or soft sand, we would massage the Shekhina’s back with each step, and she would purr to us through the spaces between our toes. Most of us wear shoes to protect our feet on rugged ground, support our spines on concrete and hard ﬂoors, accessorize our outﬁts to present ourselves well, keep our feet warm. Can we also wear our shoes today as vehicles for Divine Co-creation, carrying us on pathways toward wisdom and understanding? May our steps be ﬁrm and the road clear as we pass through the 42nd gate.
Copyright Shifrah Tobacman, 2012.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy!