Barukh ata Adonay, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonay our God, ruler of the universe, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer.
Today is day ten which is one week and three days of the Omer. Hayom yom eser she hem shavua ehad vey shlosha yamim laOmer.
Today is Tiferet be Gevura, beauty within might, grace within power
So, this is stolen from my son and paraphrased. For a twelve year old, he says cool stuff:
“I love all the seasons. They are all lovely. In the fall, God is in the leaves, like the bush that burned and never went out. There is so much of everything. In the winter, everything is crisp and white and sparkly. There are fun things to do and everything is very beautiful and clean. Spring has flowers and birdies and animals coming back and baby animals being born. God is bringing everything to life. Summer still has the flowers, but also the freedom to really enjoy the outdoors, and the sun is where the fire is. God is in the sun, as it shines down on everything and lets us have a good time.” Today, we recognize that the weather, the seasons – that God is very mighty and strong, but that this strength is expressed through beauty.
Today, if I am called on to be strong, may I do it with beauty.