The Omer Journey
April 4, 07
Chesed she b' Chesed,
Day One of the Omer
Journey of Awakening.
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April 4, 07
Created the New Art Above today.
Went out into the Garden
to do some healing and draw forth
the Love of Old Friends.
The Journey of Awakening,
the Seven Week Recommitment
of marriage with God through
the Kabbalistic Tree of Life
metaphor started last eve.
The Eve of the Day before
is always the Beginning of the New Day.
I created the art, and then
I went looking forthe words in English
the describe what I was looking for...
I find them here.
This descriptions is in sycn
with the flower.
The flower about to bud
is called Rock Rose.
it is in the Five Flower Formula
that FES puts out for Shock.
This is my first draft, possibly.
The words are from an old greeting
card but fit with the message I am feeling
on this day of lovingkindess.
We give lovingkindness first to ourselves,
so we can overflow with it to others.
Day one, Chesed she b'Chesed:
In the Purple Pool of Chesed
stands the Purple Rock of Chesed, from which the water flows.
"Perhaps this is the rock that Moshe struck in the desert.
It's the very source of the pool of Lovingkindness,
which lies among the rocks at the very top of the hill
. At the heart of Chesed, which constantly sustains
everything that exists,
Chesed renews its own self constantly too."
here is my favorite Omer Counting Calendar
based on Homer Simpson.
Check out the whole website.
About Counting the Omer
Rabbi Krustofski - On the second day of Passover in ancient times, our ancestors brought the first sheaf of barley (amounting to a measure called "an omer") reaped that season as an offering to God. From that day, they began counting the 49 days to Shavuot, when they would celebrate the beginning of the wheat harvest by offering the loaves made of the first wheat. Even after the Temple was destroyed and offerings were no longer brought, they continued to count the days from Passover to Shavuot in accordance with the biblical injunction (Lev. 23:15).
In this way our ancestors linked Passover and Shavuot as occasions for thanking God for the fruits of the field. We, too, thank God for the renewal of life which nature proclaims at this season.
However, as Passover and Shavuot acquired historical significance, their linkage through the counting of the intervening days took on new meaning. Passover celebrates the liberation from Egypt, and Shavuot celebrates the receiving of Torah at Sinai. By counting the omer, we symbolically connect liberation with the idea of Torah.
Counting the omer is an exercise in the discipline of mindfulness. Counting each of the days of the omer reminds us that all of our days are numbered, and it is our responsibility to make each day count.
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The holiday of Shavuot celebrates the revelation of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. Jewish tradition also teaches that each generation receives its own Torah, a process that begins on Passover and culminates at Shavout.
This year, with the need for repairing the world so great, we feel the need to receive Torah all the more urgently. During our five days together we will explore fresh perspectives of the Torah of our ancestors as well as open our minds and hearts to receive our own Torah of today. Through a combination of exercises, lectures, practices and discussion, we will prepare for and experience the Sinai of this moment.
Added by elat chayyim on February 12, 2007
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