Omer – Day 49
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 arbaim ve tesha laOmer, shehem shiva shavuot laOmer.
Today is day forty nine of the Omer, which is seven weeks of the Omer.
malkhut be malkhut: majesty within majesty; rule within rule; glory within glory
Oh goodness, we made it! I wrote a post for forty nine days – not always on the day, but I did! And if you’ve read them all, on the day or days later or even after Shavuot, you did it! Congratulate yourself. Also, say “I did it!” in the comments so I can celebrate with you.
Today, I am happy to be me. There are many things I don’t have that I want and there are many ways in which I was more like other people, but these are things that I can let go of today. The commandment not to envy is put last, where people put important stuff. It seems like such a small commandment compared to not hurting or telling the truth. So, today, I realise that being comfortable in myself lets me keep all the other commandments. I can focus on God without worrying about other people and worship God rather than things or people. I can appreciate what God gives me, which makes me way less likely to take God’s name in vain, or to resent my folks for what they gave me by way of things or abilities. If I’m cool with who I am and what I’ve got, I have no need to steal from other or hurt them, to lie to them or about them, to cheat them or cheat on them. If I’m not envying stuff then I’m more likely to feel good about resting on Shabbat. See – it’s all connected.
So, today, I can feel the majesty within majesty of being OK with me. Because it’s pretty majestic! I’m made in God’s image and I can do a ton of stuff and there are moments – however brief – when I do the right thing. For instance, I just – for one more year – counted the Omer with you. That’s glory in glory enough for anyone.