Counting the Omer
BARUCH ATTAH YAHWEH ELOHENU MELECH HA’OLAM ASHER KIDESHANU BEMITZVOTAV VETZIVANU AL SEFIRAT HA’OMER.
Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.
Today is day 4 of counting the omer.
Hayom yom ‘arba’ la’omer.
In addition to counting down the days, this time is a time of reflection, purging, and purification. Each day we have a chance to focus on different areas in our hearts and lives that we may need to deal with. Today we focus on the endurance of our chesed/lovingkindness or mercy. Does our love and mercy withstand challenges and obstacles? Do we give it no matter how we may be feeling? Is this a trait that we are known by?
Psalm 26:3 – “For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.”