Counting the Omer – Day 12
Barukh ata Adonay, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonay our God, ruler of the universe, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer.
Today is day twelve which is one week and five days of the Omer. Hayom yom shtem-es’re she hem shavua ehad ve hamisha yamim laOmer.
Today is Hod be Gevura, gratitude within strength, humility within limits.
Sometimes, the answer is obvious. Of course we’re grateful for the strong people in our lives. Of course we accept their help gracefully and humbly. Of course. I mean, what is there to say? Yay, thank you for taking care of that for me! Thank you for being there for me! And then we realize how human we are, and how much it irks us to accept help and how we’d rather do almost anything than express gratitude. Strength suggests a power imbalance, leading to envy and resentment, as much as to gratitude. So, what gratitude within strength can I reach for? Maybe I can stop looking at others, and with humility, be able to express gratitude for my own strength – including the strength to accept help when I need it.
Today, we are grateful for the strengths we have and the help we receive when we need it.