Omer – Day 22
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 shtayim laOmer shehem shlosha shavuot ve yom ehad laOmer.
Today is day twenty two of the Omer, which is three weeks and one day of the Omer.
Khesed be netzakh – kindness within power; love within conquest.
I know bits of 4 languages, you know. That’s something. Mostly, I think I know nothing, but every now and then I realize that I do, actually, have some legitimate learning that I can offer people. And, as one of my favourite educational programs used to say, knowledge is power. So, I have power. I have power over my children, over my students, even sometimes over friends just because I know a bit more. It’s how I use that power that’s the question. Do I use it to make people less or more? Is my victory in showing others how much more I know, or in helping them to know more. As a teacher, I know where I should be with this one. As a sarcastic, smart-aleck, easily hurt person, I’m less confident that this is where I am.
Today, I commit once again to using the powers I have for good, to help and teach not hurt or belittle.