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 49 of the Omer: qualities of focus
The seventh week of the Omer is focused on Divine Presence (Malkhut/Shekhina).
The seventh day of the week is also focused on Divine Presence (Malkhut/Shekhina).
As we enter the forty-ninth day, and prepare to enter Shavuot, we focus our attention on Divine Presence in our lives, and on the revelations available to us through our own mindful presence.
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 tishah v’arba-im yom, shehem shivah shavuot la-omer.
Today is forty-nine days, which marks seven 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’Malkhut: the revelation of Shekhina’s Divine and Noble Presence in our lives
This Gate is Ha-makom, The Place, Divine Presence in the world around us. It is Every Place. It is our shared sovereignty. Our true human inheritance is shared nobility with all people and peoples, such awe of each other’s beauty that we are humbled and inspired to abiding love or the earth that sustains us. Ha-makom ha-zeh, this very place you are in, is noble and you, can be noble within it. What are you like as a noble being? What desires do you have, what kind of love? What is your personal task in this life? What journey are you on? Who are your fellow and sister travelers? What can you do, today, to demonstrate your own nobility, or unmask the divine spark in another’s eyes? This is the entry point to the 49th gate to revelation, and new beginnings.
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!
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