Counting the Omer: day 42

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 42 of the Omer: qualities of focus

Week 6 of the Omer is focused on foundation, connection, creativity – Yesod. (Image Marlene Burns, copyright 2020. All rights reserved. art-marleneburns

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.

Process for counting the Omer: bless, count, reflect, repeat!

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.

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’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
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.

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Birds of Paradise looking like they might fly off together!

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!

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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