Omer – Day 23
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 shalosh laOmer shehem shlosha shavuot ve shtey yammim laOmer.
Today is day twenty three of the Omer, which is three weeks and two days of the Omer.
Gevura be netzakh – strength within power; might within conquest.
Yeah! Rah! This is a “beat your chest like a gorilla” moment. I strong! I win! Except that’s not my way of winning, and that’s never been the Jewish way of winning. Heck, the knight (you know, the mighty victor) was depicted as “the wicked child” on ancient haggadot. So what strength is here – the strength of persistence, the strength of slow, steady drips of water wearing away at a stone. That can lead to a victory too – the stone eventually wears away to nothingness. Today, I work on simply “not giving up”. If I don’t give up, eventually, without a doubt, I’ll achieve victory.