Shabbat and today…

Day 18 (2 weeks and 4 days) : Netzach in Tiferet, Endurance in Harmony

This Omer season, I’m brushing up on my Gilmore Girls. What better example of long-lasting harmony than the fast-witted, close-knit, hilarity of Lorelai and Rory? See below.

Blessings: Free time, laughter, television? (I can be thankful and feel blessed that I have seen Gilmore Girls…)

Day 19 (2 weeks and 5 days) : Hod in Tiferet, Majesty in Harmony

Throwback to this Majestic and Glorious picture.

Blessings: traveling with friends, amazing friends, beautiful views, oseh maaseh breishit



Day 15 (2 weeks and one day) : Chesed in Tiferet, Loving-kindness in Compassion/Harmony

Today (and this week), the weather is messing with my head and my migraines are interrupting everything. The video below is one thing I often use to relax my mind. It is soothing, it is harmonious and calming when my head feels dissonant and full of migraine pain, and I wanted to share. Happy first day of the Tiferet week of the Omer.
Blessing: non-migraine days

Soothing Migraine Music

Day 14 (two weeks) : Malchut in Gevurah, Leadership in Discipline

In a lot of the roles in my daily life, I am a “leader”. I “lead” programs as part of my full time job, I “lead” groups and teach dance in multiple part time job settings- but aside from my “titles”, I often find myself falling into leadership roles.

Whether on purpose, or by nature, I tend to take action. We happen to be in a time of uncertainty and (scary) change. For me,  being a dugma and taking action in my daily life is the way I can balance the uncertainty, and injustices, even though it is small scale.
Blessing: free speech


Day 13 (one week and 6 days) : Yesod in Gevurah, Bonding/Connection in Discipline

I personally don’t like the “discipline” week of the omer. It’s hard to think of things that relate to whatever other topic falls on that day. What better day than this one (bonding and discipline) than to mention the people who I am unnaturally bonded with through a hobby/obsession that requires lots of discipline. See what I did there?
Blessing: friends, hobbies, the fact that no one will call me out on repeating things, #mavrik


Shabbat and today

Day 11 (one week and 4 days) : Netzach in Gevurah, Endurance in Discipline
This Shabbat, the fourth and fifth graders in the Hebrew school at the synagogue where I work put on a Kashrut skit. They learned about Kashrut in class, decided together how they wanted to present about it, and wrote the skit themselves. Very appropriate for this Omer day!
Blessing: kids being cute, doing things I enjoy for work

Quoting myself from last year (word for word), because I like what I said…

Day 12 (one week and 5 days) : Hod in Gevurah, Humility in Discipline
When people “discipline” others without humility/humbleness, that is when we run into situations when one thinks he or she is better than another. Tonight marks Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust was borne from arrogance, judgement, baseless hatred, and the simple (wrong) idea that one type of person could be born better than another. It is our responsibility to remember the 6 million Jews and 5 million other innocent lives that perished, to never forget and to never allow such catastrophes to happen again. I count Omer day 12 to honor their lives and to count them in Jewish memory.
Blessing: love, passing on stories of our ancestors, being taught humility