Omer – Day 17
Barukh ata Adonay, Eloheynu Melekh ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’zivanu al s’firat haOmer.
Blessed be the Eternal God, Ruler of the universe, who makes us holy through Mitzvot and has commanded us to count the Omer.
Hayom yom shiva-esrey laOmer shehem shtey shavuot ve shlosha yammim laOmer.
Today is day seventeen of the Omer, which is two weeks and three days of the Omer.
Tiferet be Tiferet – beauty within beauty; grace within grace
Sometimes, it’s hard to feel beautiful. As a human being, I’m somewhat plump, occasionally clumsy, fashion challenged, as my kids would say, and not what you’d call a gorgeous person at all. I often say things the wrong way, and it takes me forever to figure out what I mean in my head enough to be able to come out with it. So, do I have beauty within beauty?
Sometimes, when everything goes right, when I speak God’s words rather than mine, when I let light shine through me – for brief milliseconds, I actually do. In those moments, I know I’m beautiful. I just need to get out of my own way, and let God do what needs to be done.
Today, I acknowledge that doing the right thing is really beautiful. I strive to that level of beauty for one more moment.