Counting the Omer – Day 15
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 fifteen which is two weeks and one day of the Omer. Hayom yom hamesh-es’re she hem shtey shavuot ve yom ehad laOmer.
Today is Khesed be Tiferet, love within loveliness, kindness within beauty.
It is the week of beauty – but not everything one sees is beautiful. Sometimes, one really does want to say, ‘wow, that is a hideous hat.’ Of course, I don’t do that – I may not have perfect courtesy, but even I know better than to tell someone they or something or someone they love is ugly. So, I pick something to compliment – a warm smile, a vibrant colour, a great sense of humour, a capacity for caring…The effects of this are double and sometimes, mysteriously positive. First, the person I compliment may focus on that positive aspect of the situation and may actually come up with something truly beautiful. So, if I tell someone their hat is a very vibrant blue, they might go for vibrant and exciting hats and might actually pick a beautiful one. Second, it changes the focus in me. If I just complimented something, I’m more likely to find it appealing. It’s a weird sort of thing, but it works and it’s kind of neat.
Today, we pick 5 people we know and love, and find something about them to compliment.