We’re in the first week of the 49-day Counting of the Omer. As I shared earlier, Aish HaTorah, an excellent Orthodox Jewish organization, has organized this counting around 7 important character traits that are part of all our humanity.
From Aish: The Omer is the 49-day period beginning ending the day before Shavuot. It is the countdown (really the count-up) to receiving the Torah on Shavuot. We count the days and weeks of this period, from 1 to 49. The counting is done the night before each day. In preparation for Shavuot, when we received the Torah as a united nation, many people use the Omer to improve their character traits and their sense of unity as a People of God.
Today is Day 5 of the Omer.
Here are a few thoughts:
Hod of Chesed: Humility in Loving-kindness
From Aish: You can often get locked in love and be unable to forgive your beloved or to bend or compromise your position. Hod introduces the aspect of humility in love; the ability to rise above yourself and forgive or give in to the one you love just for the sake of love even if you’re convinced that you’re right. Arrogant love is not love.
From Yaakov (James 4:10): Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
From Rabbi: Admitting (and owning) one’s mistakes takes maturity. Some people would rather die (or see their relationships die) than admit they were wrong.
Exercise for the day: Swallow your pride and reconcile with a loved one with whom you have quarreled.
Tonight, after sundown begins Day 6 of the Omer. It’s customary to say, “Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us by his commandments and commanded us to count the Omer. Today is Day 6 of the Omer.”