Counting the Omer – Day 41
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 forty one, which is five weeks and six days of the Omer. Hayom yom arbaim ve ehad she hem hamisha shavuot ve shisha yammim laOmer.
Today is Yesod be Yesod, sexuality within sexuality, intimacy within intimacy.
Sexuality? Why sexuality? Can’t you have intimacy without sex? Well, of course you can. You can also make very tasty sugar free cakes! Of course, this doesn’t change the fact that cakes are primarily a dessert, and that sugar is an important and according to many, essential ingredient. So, it is this way with intimacy as well. The physical touch is an important part of intimacy. Children need hugs and holding, friends need hugs and sometimes, back-rubs, and beloveds need, yes, they do, sex. Having that sexual connection strengthens the relationship, can form a new one, or can break them. We can deny it if we want but sexuality is a big part of who we are as human beings and we may as well celebrate it.
Today, we remember that intimacy includes the physical, and literally reach out to touch someone.