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 fifteen which is two weeks and one day of the Omer. Hayom yom hamesh-es’re she hem shtey shavuot ve yom ehad laOmer.
Today is Khesed be Tiferet, compassion within loveliness, kindness within beauty.
There are those of you who are naturally beautiful. Those who are graceful from birth. Those that seem to simply float through the earth on magnificent earlobes and perfect eyelashes. There are those of you who find beauty easy. Please remember to be kind. I, likewise, will try to remember to be kind if you are not bright. I know I can be pretty obnoxious to people who don’t have my intelligence – but I will try if you will. Remember, it doesn’t always come automatically for all of us. Sometimes we don’t notice something we should or succeed at something we’ve attempted. It stinks! But for me, it stinks less if you can be kind when I mess things up. You are beautiful – and that means you need to be responsible for the feeling that you engender with your words and actions.
Today, I will be kind in areas where I am strong.