By Rabbi Katy Z. Allen
The second night of counting the omer gives us the combination of the Divine Attributes Chesed and Gevurah – Lovingkindness and Justice or Discipline. As we see the moon beginning to wane, may we remember that love in a framework is a more effective and useful and safe way of loving and being loved, and sometimes we need to contain ourselves in order to feel the Divine Presence and to truly be able to love others. When anger or jealousy or pain get in the way, if we remember to “Be still, and know that I am G!d.” (Ps. 46:11), we can get back to loving with our full hearts and being G!d’s instruments of love on Earth.
Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam, asher kid-shanu b’mitzvotav, vitzivanu, al sefirat ha’omer.
Blessed are you Adonai our G!d, ruler of the universe, who sanctifies us with its mitzvot and commands regarding the counting of the omer.
Today is two days of the Omer.