Counting the Omer – Day 18
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 eighteen which is two weeks and four days of the Omer. Hayom yom shmona-es’re she hem shtey shavuot ve arba’a yammim laOmer.
Today is Netzakh be Tiferet, power within beauty, conquest within grace.
What is beauty’s power? The power to convince people to do ridiculous things without even thinking why they do them. Now, of course, we are evolved past that – we do not have wars because of a pretty face, or force hundreds of people to work on a structure just so it would look good. That is good – but for me personally, I may have lost something small along the way, and now that I look around, I may need to find it again. Maybe, there are places where I need to stop and breathe and recognize beauty and let it conquer my heart and let it sing within me and give me the power to do impossible, ridiculous – but sometimes, very wonderful – things.
Today, we notice beauty’s power, and where appropriate, let it rule us.