Omer – Day 21
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 esrim ve ehad laOmer shehem shlosha shavuot laOmer.
Today is day twenty one of the Omer, which is three weeks of the Omer.
Malkhut be Tiferet – rule within beauty; control within grace.
I like math. I like counting. My favourite Sesame Street character was always The Count, and I like the Omer. Luckily, God likes all the same things. What we find beautiful is full of math. It has order and precision, symmetry and control. People like the patterns on a shell, the symmetry of flowers or faces, the mathematical curves of waves. From fractals to functions, the world is full of math and counting. Yes, I like the big picture and finding interesting ways to explain it all using language. (Those of you who read what I write know I’m fond of language too.) However, today, I appreciate the fine, detailed precision of the world, which brings about order and simplicity and beauty.