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 twenty nine, which is four weeks and one day of the Omer. Hayom yom esrim v’teysha she hem arbaa shavuot ve yom ehad laOmer
Today is Khesed be Hod, kindness within gratitude, compassion within acceptance.
Today, this day, today is the day I stop complaining. And let me tell you, it isn’t easy. Complaining is a basic Jewish character trait! It’s our God-given right and how we get through every day. But aside from the fact that complaining is fun sometimes, it isn’t pretty. It can ruin other people’s moods, it can turn a really positive event into a negative one, and it can really hurt someone. One thinks of Dudley Dursley from Harry Potter saying “Thirty six gifts??? But last year it was 37!” This was not a kind response to his parents. If I take the time to remember that everyone around me does so much for me, so many little things that make me happy – then I can start being kind to other people, by being grateful instead of whining about the 37th gift.
Today, I express gratitude to other people for all they do for me. That’s kinder than complaining.