Omer Day Five

Please do not say the phrase Day (Number) out loud, until you have completed the ritual below. If you say this phrase it is considered that you have "counted the Omer" without the appropriate Blessing and ritual and you lesson the energy involved.

Starting on the second day of Pesach which is the evening of the16th day of Nissan begins the counting of the Omer. This ritual is part of the process of earning the Light of Shavuot, which is the Light of the Revelation of the Torah. This ritual helps you build your vessel in order to reveal the Light of the Torah.

This is a reminder to pick up your small package of salt. There is a Minhag of the Kabbalists to hold in their right hand a “little salt”. This action sweetens the period of the Omer since it acts as a protection shield in a number of ways. The Hebrew word for salt is Melach, the same letters as the shoresh for war. So salt acts as a vaccine against war during this time. Also the gematria of Melach is 78 which is 3 times the gematria of the Tetragrammaton. The 3 creates a protection shield for all three columns. Hint: There is no need to use new salt every day during the counting. Just put a little salt in a plastic bag. Then use this salt on your Shavuot Milk Meal Shavuot Morning. The energy of your vessel building is being inserted into the salt and will fulfill your vessel upon receiving the Torah Shavuot Morning.

The Seder (order) for the Sephirot HaOmer.

Night of April 10 2023 which is 20th of Nissan in the year התשׁפג

Please, say all of the below (if unable to read the Hebrew scan the Hebrew letters prior to saying the transliteration) while standing and facing East towards Jerusalem or the Rising of the Sun.

The traditional steps of the ritual are delineated as "traditional", prior to that step. The additional steps are delineated as additional, also prior to that step. It is recommended that you do all of the steps both traditional and additional each day. If time considerations are an issue then please do the traditional steps while doing the additional steps later when you do have the time.

It is best to do the ritual as close right after sundown (in the evening - when you can see three stars in the night sky) as possible. If one has forgotten to do one day and remembers to do so during the day then one should not say the Blessing which is step 3, but do the rest of the ritual. If one has forgotten to do one of the days, the Halacha says there is no way to make it up. I suggest that one make up the missed count without the Blessing (step 3) and then proceed to continue the count with the appropriate count and Blessing. It is better to do the Mitzvah even partially then to stop doing it altogether.

We stand during this process of performing the ritual so that we can be available to draw the Light of Cleansing. When ever we sit in a process of prayer we are manifesting the energy of that particular prayer. An example of this is the saying of the Shema Israel. This draws the energy of Healing and thus we sit when saying this so that we may manifest that Light of Healing.

Step One of the Omer Ritual


1. This step will cause your soul to knowingly do this Mitzvah with the proper Kavenah (intention).

Please say the following:

לשם יחוד קודשה בריך הוא ושכינתיה (יאהדונהי) בדחילו ורחימו (יאההויהה) ורחימו (איההיוהה) ודחילו ליחדה שם יוד הי בואו הי ביחודה שלים (יהוה) בשם כל ישראל הנה אנחנו באים לקיים מצות ספירת העומר לעשות נחת רוח ליוצרנוו ולעשות רצון בוראנו ויהי נעם אדני אלהנו עלינו ומעשה ידינו כוננה עלינו ימעשה ידינו כוננהו


Leshem Yechud Kudsha Berich Hu VeShekintay (יאהדונהי) Bidchilu Urchimu (יאההויהה) Urchimu Udchilu (איההיוהה) Leyachda Shem Yood Hay and Vav Hay Beyachuda Shalaim (יהוה) BeShem Kol Israel Henay Anachnu Ba'Aim Lekayaim Mitzvat Sephirat HaOmer. LaAsot Nachat Ruach LeYotzranu VeLaAsot Ratzon Boranu. Vayhi Noam Adonai Elohainu Alainu UmaAsay Yadainu Connah Alainu Yamaseh Yadainu Conanaihu.


For the sake of unification between the Holy Blessed One and His Shechinah, with fear and love and with Love and Fear, in order to unify the Name Yood Hay and Vav Hey in perfect unity, and in the Name of all Israel, we have hereby come to fulfill the commandment of the counting of the Omer. In order to give pleasure to our Maker and to fulfill the wish of our Creator. May the pleasantness of HaShem, our God, be upon us and may He establish the work of our hands for us and may the work of our hands establish Him.

Step 2. Here are some additional Verses to say or scan.


תהלים TeHiLiM Psalms 138:8

יהוה יגמר בעדי יהוה חסדך לעולם מעשי ידיך אל-תרף


Adonai Yigmor BeAdi Adonai Chasdecha LeOlam MaAsay Yadicha El Teref.


The LORD will accomplish that which concerneth me; Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever; forsake not the work of Thine own hands.

תהלים TeHiLiM Psalms 57:3

אקרא לאלהים עליון לאל גמר עלי


Ehkrah LaiElohim Elyon LaEil Gomair Alai:


I will cry unto God Most high; unto God that accomplisheth it for me.

יחזקאל YeHeZKeL Ezekiel 16:6

ואעבר עליך ואראך מתבוססת בדמיך ואמר לך בדמיך חיי ואמר לך בדמיך חיי


VaEhEhVor AhLaYiech VaEhrAich MitBoSehSeht BeDaMaYich VayOmar Lach BeDaMaYich ChaYi VaOMaR Lach BeDaMaYich ChaYai:


And when I passed by thee, and saw thee wallowing in thy blood, I said unto thee: In thy blood, live; yea, I said unto thee: In thy blood, live;

תהלים TeHiLiM Psalms 104:1

ברכי נפשי את-יהוה יהוה אלהי גדלת מאד הוד והדר לבשת


Barki Nafshi Et Adonai Elohim Elohai Gadalta Meod Hod Vehadar LaVashta:


Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with glory and majesty.

תהלים TeHiLiM Psalms 104:2

עטה-אור כשלמה נוטה שמים כיריעה


Oteh Ohr Kasalma NoTeh Shamayim KaiRiAh:


Who coverest Thyself with light as with a garment, who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain;

Step 3. Say this Blessing which activates Surrounding Light or Ohr Makif.

Traditional - review the discussion above regarding when not to say this Blessing.

This link (below) teaches the Kavenah for all Blessings. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with this Kavenah and do this with every Blessing that you say. It will enhance your connection to the Creator.

ברוך אתה יהוה (יוד הא ואו הא) אלהינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו על ספירת העומר


Baruch Ata Adonai (יוד הא ואו הא)Ehlohainu Melech HaOLam Asher KidShanu BeMitzvotav Vetzivanu Al Sephirat HaOmer:


Blessed are You HaShem Our God, King of the Universe, Who set us aside in order to sanctify us with his Mitzvot and instructed us to Count the Omer (at this time).

Specific Kavenah to this Blessing.

Large Hebrew Letters above have a Gematria of 65 which is the same as Adonai, a Name of God relating to Malchut or manifestation. Malchut is our physical world.

Step 4. Saying the next Hebrew Statement is the actual "Counting of the Omer"


The purpose of Counting the Omer is to climb the Tree of Life Sephira by Sephira, as well as to count up to the Day of Shavuot with anticipation. We actually count in three different ways. One is to count days. One is to count days of weeks and the third way is to count the Sephirot. Today we only count in two ways. This is because of the unity expressed in the number ONE.

היום חמישה ימים לעומר


HaYom Chamisha Yamim LaOmer


Today is Day Five of the Omer

Specific Kavenah

Please consider in what ways the space expressed by the number four represents completion and a complete structure?

Step 5. Ohr Penimi - Inner Light


הרחמן הואיחזיר עבודת בית המקדש למקומה המהרה בימינו אמן


HaRachaman Hu YaChazeir Ahvodat Bait Hamikdash Limkomah Bimharah BeYamanu AMEN:


The Merciful One, He will return the Service of the Holy Temple to its place, speedily, in our days. And we all say Amen.

Step 6. Per the ARI (Rabbi Isaac Luria) we utilize Psalm 67 in 2 specific ways to cleanse specific attributes of our character in order to elevate a specific Sephira. This Psalm is unique in that it has 7 verses with 49 words and the middle verse has 49 Letters. We will utilize a word each day (Large Bold Letters) during the counting and also a Letter (Large Bold Italic Letter) within the middle verse for spiritual cleansing. The more one learns about each Letter and Word the stronger, more thorough their cleansing will be. The cleansing of a specific character trait allows one to move higher (closer) to HaShem. This is called Building Your Vessel in Kabbalah.


תהלים TeHiLiM Psalms 67

למנצח בנגינת מזמור שיר


LamnatzaAch BinGeNot Mizmor Shir:


Verse 1: For the Leader; with string-music. A Psalm, a Song.


This first verse does not count as one of the 7 verses as it is describing the type of Psalm:

Verse 2

אלהים יחננו ויברכנו יאר פניו אתנו סלה


EloHim YaChaNanu VeVarkanu YaAir Panav ETanu Selah:


God be gracious unto us, and bless us; may He cause His face to shine toward us; Selah


PaNaV is a word that translates as His Face. The First 2 Letters can be the First Letters of the phrase "falling face" and the last 2 Letters are the male letters from the Name of God we call HaShem. "Falling Face" letters have a Gematria of 130 which represents Mt Sinai and the giving of the Torah. Utilize these letters to help balance yourself during this period of the Omer by connecting to the Central Column Tree of Life called Torah.

לדעת בארץ דרכך בכל-גוים ישועתך


LadaAt BaAretz Darkehcha Bekal Goyim YeShuAhTecha


That Thy way may be known upon earth, Thy salvation among all nations.

Verse 4

יודוך עמים אלהים יודוך עמים כלם


Yoducha Ahmim Elohim Yoducha Ahmim KuLam:


Let the peoples give thanks unto Thee, O God; let the peoples give thanks unto Thee, all of them.

Verse 5

ישמח ו וירננו לאמים כי-תשפוט עמים מישור ולאמים בארץ תנחם סלה


Yismechu Verannu LeUMiM Ki TeshPot AhMiM MiShor Ulumim BaAretz Tanchaim SELAH:


O let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for Thou wilt judge the peoples with equity, and lead the nations upon earth. Selah


There are actually only 48 Letters in this verse not 49 as the ARI teaches. He adds one Italic Vav to equal a total of 49 Letters. This is quite a common technique since the vowel itself is the Vav only the word is spelled incompletely and will change when the Mashiach arrives.

The Letter Vav is a metaphor for a channel as well as the Torah. Utilize this channel called Torah to help bring you to balance today and everyday

Verse 6

יודוך עמים אלהים יודוך עמים כלם


Yoducha Ahmim Elohim Yoducha Ahmim KuLam:


Let the peoples give thanks unto Thee, O God; let the peoples give thanks unto Thee, all of them.

Verse 7

ארץ נתנה יבולה יברכנו אלהים אלהינו


Ehretz Natnah Yevulah Yevarkanu Elohim Ehlohainu:


The earth hath yielded her increase; may God, our own God, bless us.

Verse 8

יברכנו אלהים וייראו אתו כל-אפסי-ארץ


Yevarkanu Elohim VeYeru Oto Kal Afsai Aretz:


May God bless us; and let all the ends of the earth fear Him.

Step 7: It is now time to say the Ana Bekoach which has 42 words (actually 49 - the seventh word in each verse is the word with all of the first letters of the other six words - they are printed at the end of the verse). This is the 4th cleansing tool that we will utilize tonight. The Letter that we will use tonight will be large and bolded. Stop and meditate on that Letter using the Kavenah written below the verse.


Verse 1

Kavenah on First Verse

Meditation while saying the first verse of the Ana Bekoach is "unconditional Love". As well as removing the negative aspect of the physical world as well as the Power of Redemption.

Chesed - חסד

אנא בכח גדולת ימינך תתיר צרורה אבגיתץ


Tzerurah Tatir Yemincha Gedulat BeCoach Ana

7th word is pronounced Aleph Bet Gimmel Yood Tav Tzadi


Please - with Power - Greatness - Your Right Side - Releasing - Knot


Meditate on the Tav which is the last letter of the Aleph Bet. Look at the Tav. It has a foot reaching to the left which indicates that there is always a new beginning after every end. Utilize this consciousness to bring additional balance when you are feeling low. What will you do to bring your new beginning?

Verse 2

Kavenah on Second Verse

Meditation while saying the second verse of the Ana Bekoach is "Tearing Up Satan" and "Guarding our Gates". Our gates (eyes, ear, nose, and mouth) are the entry point for the negative system.

Gevurah - גבורה

קבל רנת עמך שגבנו טהרנו נורה קרעשטן


Norah Taharenu Sagvenu Amcha Rinat Kabel

7th word is pronounced Koof Reish Ayin Sin Tet Nun


Awesome - Purified - Our Praise - Your People - Rejoicing - Receive

Verse 3

Kavenah on Third Verse

Meditation while saying the third verse of the Ana Bekoach is Parnassus and Sustenance and returning the energy that we gave away.

Tiferet - תפארת

נאגבור דורשי יחודך כבבת שמרםנגדיכש


Shamraim Cevavat YeChudecha Dorshai Gibor Na

7th word is pronounced Nun Gimmel Dalet Yood Caf Shin


Observe - Like a Letter Bet - Your uniqueness - Demand - Strengthen - Please

Verse 4

Kavenah on fourth Verse

Meditation while saying the fourth verse of the Ana Bekoach is Eternal Victory and Acknowledgment

Netzach - נצח

ברכםטחרם רחמי צדקתך תמיד גמלםבתרצתג


Gamlaim Tamid Tzidkatecha Rachamai Tacharaim Barchaim

7th word is pronouncedBet Tet Reish Tzadi Tav Gimmel


Grant Them - Eternal - Righteous - Compassion - Purify Them - Bless Them

Verse 5

Kavenah on fifth Verse

Meditation while saying the fifth verse of the Ana Bekoach is Appreciation and Thankfulness

Hod - הוד

חסיןקדוש ברוב טובך נהל עדתךחקבטנע


Adatecha Nahail Toovcha Barchaim Kadosh Chasin

7th word is pronouncedChet Koof Bet Tet Nun Ayin


Your People - Govern - Goodness - Abundance - Holy - Invincible Your

Verse 6

Kavenah on sixth Verse

Meditation while saying the sixth verse of the Ana Bekoach is "spreading the wisdom of Kabbalah"

Yesod - יסוד

יחידגאהלעמך פנה זוכרי קדושתךיגלפזק


Kedushatecha Zochrai Penai Le-Amcha Ga-eh Yachid

7th word is pronouncedYood Gimmel Lamed Pey Zion Koof


Your Holiness - Remember - Turn - Your People - Proud - Unity

Verse 7

Kavenah on seventh Verse

Meditation while saying the seventh verse of the Ana Bekoach is "completion and perfection through / with Loving Kindness"

Malchut - מלכות

שועתנוקבלושמע צעקתנו יודעתעלומותשקוצית


Ta-Alumot Yodaya Tziakatanu Ooshmah Kabel Shavatanu

7th word is pronouncedShin Koof Vav Tzadi Yood Tav


Hidden - You Know - Our Wail - And Hear - Receive - Our Cry

Verse 8

This Verse is said "silently" in a whisper


This verse grounds any excess energy

ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד


Va-Ed Le-Olam Malchuto Kevod Shem Baruch


Forever World Your Kingdom Honor Name Blessing

Step 8: The Baal Shem Tov teaches that the 42 stops that the Children of Israel made while in the desert for 40 years is a metaphor for the Stages of our Life and can also be used for the steps of any process. Here is the teaching by Rabbi Simon Jacobson expanding the teaching of the Baal Shem Tov by using modern psychology.


Fifth Journey - They left Freedom Valley and crossed the Red Sea toward the desert. They then traveled for three days in the Etham Desert and camped in Marah

This Journey is connected to the Tav of the First Verse in the Ana Bekoach.

The final stage of human maturation – as we move from our teenage years into full adulthood – is completely crossing over from the pure, inner world of “water” into the dry, arid world of the desert. Indeed, Moses had to coerce the Jews to away from the Red Sea out into the Shur Desert, where they traveled three days without finding water (Exodus 15:22). They didn’t want to leave the insulated “cocoon” of the Red Sea only to be thrown into a harsh and hostile desert, one that leads us into a state of bitterness (Marah). Yet, leave we must. This is the purpose of our existence: To transform the wilderness into a Divine sea (Ohr HaTorah Massei p. 1383). Because of their bitter waters “the place was called Marah” (marah in Hebrew means bitter). When the Jewish people came to Marah and could not drink the bitter water there, they began to complain. “What shall we drink?” they demanded. When Moses] cried out to G-d, He showed him a certain tree. Moses threw it into the water, and the water became drinkable. It was there that G-d taught them survival techniques and methods, and there He tested them. He said, “If you obey G-d and do what is upright in His eyes, carefully heeding all His commandments and keeping all His decrees, then I will not strike you with any of the sicknesses that I brought on Egypt. I am G-d who heals you.” The journey to Marah refers to the stage in our lives when we encounter a bitter experience – loss, disappointment, pain, sorrow or illness. We then have two choices: Either we will complain, become bitter and overwhelmed with anguish and grief, or we will learn to rise to the occasion and discover the deeper powerful light and sweetness that lays embedded within the dark and bitter. Therein also lays the power of healing: The ability to sweeten the bitter and to uproot infection in its source.


The Zohar compares the Waters of Marah to the Waters of Sotah which tested for Adulthood. After passing this test Moshe threw a Tree (singular) into the water to sweeten it. This Tree is the Tree of Life, which is the Torah. How connected to the Torah are you? Do you desire greater connection to the Torah? In which way do you need to change yourself to connect more strongly to the Torah - the Tree of Life?

Step 9: We will now count the Sephirot as part of the "Counting of the Omer".

Please say the following in which ever language you prefer. Hebrew is recommended, due to the energy that it generates:

רבונו של עולם: אתה צויתנו על ידי משה עבדך לספור ספירת העומר כדי לטהרנו מקלפותנו ומטומאתנו כמו שכתבת בתורתך: וספרתם לכם ממחרת השכת מיום הביאכם את עמר התנופה שבע שבתות תמימת תהיינה: עד ממחרת השבת השביעת תספרו חמשים יום כדי שיטהרו נפשות עמך ישראל מזוהמתם: ובכן יהי רצון מלפניך יהוה אלהים ואלהי אבותינו שבסכות ספירת העומר שספרתי היום יתקן מה שפגמתי בספירה


Ribono Shel Olam, Ata Tzivitanu All Ydi Moshe Avdecha LiSPor Sepherot HaOMeR KeDai LetaHaRaiNu MiklePoTaNu UMTuMATaiNu KiMo ShKaTaVTa BeToRaTach: USPaRTaM LaChem MimCHaRaT HaSHaBaT MeYoM HaVeAhCHeM ET OMeR HaTeNuFah SheVa SheBaToT TeMiMoT Te'YeNa: MiMaCHaRaT HaSHaBaT HaSHVeIT TeSaFRU CHaMiSHiM YoM KeDai SHeYeTaHaRu NaFSHoT AhMCHa YiSRaEL MeZoHaMaTaM: UVCHaiN YeHi RaTZoN MilFaNeCHa HaShem ELoHaNu ELoHai AVoTaNu SheBiZKuT SeFiRuT HaOMeR SHeSeFaRTi HaYoM YeTuKaN Ma SHePaGaMTe BeSePHeRa


Master of the World, You have Commanded us through Moshe Your Sevant to enumerate the counting of the Omer, in order to purify us from the Klipot and ou defilements. This is as it is written in Your Torah: And you shall count for yourselves, from the day following the Shabbat, from the day on which you bring the portion of your wave offering, there shall be 7 complete weeks, until the day following the seventh week. You shall count 50 days so that the spirits of your Nation Israel shall be purified from their defilements (Leviticus 23:15-16): Therefore may it be pleasing before you HaShem our God and the God of our Forefathers, that by virtue of the Counting of the Omer, that i have counted today, the flow that i have caused in the Sefirah of

Kavenah and Actual Counting

הוד שבחסד


Hod Shebe Chesed


Majesty of Loving Kindness

Instruction and Kavenah for meditation

After saying the above phrase, (which is the actual counting of the Sephira) STOP and meditate on what is the meaning of this phrase. Here are some attributes that will help you. Realize that this list is not complete.

Majesty, Splendor, Praise, Submission

Hesed is Loving Kindness. This whole week starting tonight is in the frame of Loving Kindness. What is Loving Kindness? How does it differ from Loving Mercy or Tiferet? In what ways do you show Loving Kindness to yourself? to Others? How do you receive Loving Kindness from Others? What can you do in your life to Show additional Loving Kindness to Others? How can you enhance your inner Beauty? How can you enhance Balance in your life today? What do you need to change about yourself to acheive that in this life right now?

Continue to finish the paragraph as follows:

ואטהר ואתקדש בקדשה של מעלה אמן סלה


VeTaHaiR VeETKaDeSH BeKDuSHa SHeL MaALa Amein SeLah:


will be corrected and i shall be purified and sanctified with supernal sanctity, AMEN SELAH:

You have now finished the Traditional Counting of the Omer. Please continue as the additional sections will help you to build your vessel to receive the Light of the Torah which is revealed on Shavuot.

Step 10: Each day of the year there are Tzadikim (Righteous People) who have chosen to leave this world on a particular day. There is a connection between these souls and this day. They ask us to utilize their connection to HaShem, to strengthen our own connection to HaShem, and to our spiritual actions during this day.

The more one learns about a particular Tzadik, the better is ones connection to their channel ability. All these actions are bringing us closer to HaShem.

Historically Birthdays have not been celebrated by the Jewish World until the last 200 - 300 years. Kabbalah teaches that the Birthdate represent the Keter or potential of the Soul while the Death Anniversary or Hilula represents the actual accomplishments of the Soul. While the Hilula is the stronger of the two from our perspective we can also utilize the Birth Date of a Tzadik to assist us in our spiritual connection.

Step 11: Rabbi Chaim Drizin ( teaches that there is a correlation between the Sephira we just counted and the 55 Prophets from the Book of Prophets in the Tanach. By studying the verses that were channeled to US through these male and female Prophets we enhance our connection to the Sephira and continue to build our vessel.

Rabbi Drizin teaches that the Prophet associated with Netzach SheBeChesed is Aaron HaCohen Gadol, which translates as Aaron our High Priest. He suggests we read section of Shemot (Exodus) that connects us to the Keter relationship with Aaron from the Tanach. Moshe is a Chariot for the Sephira of Hod. This is because the Sages teach that some of the character attributes that Moshe expressed and manifested are related to Submission and Majesty.

Below are a few verses and it is our intention to add more verses as time permits.

Shemot Chapter 4 Verse 14

ויחר-אף יהוה במשה ויאמר הלא אהרן אחיך הלוי ידעתי כי-דבר ידבר הוא וגם הנה-הוא יצא לקראתך וראך ושמח בלבו


to be done later


And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and He said: 'Is there not Aaron thy brother the Levite? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee; and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.


The Torah says that Moshe will be an Elohim (God) and Aaron his Prophet. Would you like to be a Prophet? Did you know there is a higher level of consciousness than a Prophet. That is the potential of Aaron who pursued Peace so extensively. How will you change yourself to Pursue Peace more readily?


Step 12: Here are some additional insights into the consciousness of Chesed SheBe Chesed from Rabbi Drizin, as well as some additional thoughts from Chanoch

Kevenah about Hod She Be Chesed

Reading these will help to grow your vessel. Meditation using these letters of הוד שבחסד after reading the Kavenah will also be beneficial.


Hod SheBe Chesed has a external gematria of 389. 389 is the gematria of the Hebrew word for judgment or laws. Are you a judgmental person? Do you want to judge less? How can you change yourself to achieve that goal?

Daily in our prayer service we connect redemption to prayer. According to Jewish law, when we say בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', גָּאַל יִשְׂרָאֵל "Blessed are You, HaShem, Redeemer of Yisrael". We then must immediately say אֲדנָי, שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח. וּפִי יַגִּיד ְּהִלָּתֶךָ "My Lord, open up my lips so my mouth can express Your praises!"

The Gemara relates of a Sage who did this in the morning--uniting redemption to prayer-- and was delighted all day long. Why? Because he linked the Yesod related to redemption to the Malkut related to prayer.

The gates of redemption can only be opened up by prayer, by glorious yet humble prayer, both related to Hod, the energy of today's count of Hod of Chesed. The key to redemption is the faith engendered by sincere prayer.

That's also the key to the gates of redemption.

For prayer is the master "key" [tears even more so are the battering ram that break down all doors]

In our Amidah prayer for daily redemption, we petition:

וּמַהֵר לְגָאֳלֵנוּ גְּאֻלָּה שְׁלֵמָה לְמַעַן שְׁמֶךָ

"And quickly redeem us with a complete redemption for Your Name's sake"

In Sefardi prayerbooks, when we say the word גְּאֻלָּה Geulah/redemption, we are told to note that its gematria of 45 totals HaShem's Name spelled like this: יוד הא ואו הא

Perhaps this our "skeleton key" to call upon HaShem's Name whenever you need help from your Friend.

All this week contemplate the meaning of Chesed using these descriptions

Loving Kindness Between Man and G-d

1. A person should contemplate the kindnesses of HaShem, Blessed be He, namely how much good G-d does with His creations in general and with me specifically. And he should contemplate that he is neither worthy nor deserving to receive the kindnesses of G-d, Blessed be He. Yet G-d is greatly kind and gives him unearned kindness, and with this intent, the person will be overwhelmed and he will love HaShem, Blessed is He, with a great love. It comes out that he attains the attribute of Chesed (which is this love and greatness) through the attribute of Chesed itself (for with it is the action of kindness).

2. Also, by his being overwhelmed and by his love of the Creator, Blessed is He, he will acquire an acquisition within his soul to do kindness (Chesed) with his Creator. That is to say, he will behave in all of his actions beyond the letter of the law. It comes out that he completes his love to the Creator, Blessed is He (which is rooted in Chesed) by way of his doing kindness (Chesed) with his Creator.

3. When he busies himself with the mitzvah of Chesed, he should intend to awaken the supernal attribute of Chesed so that it should be completed in its flowing of Hesed to do good to the world. It comes out that he draws down the attribute of Chesed in the world by his actions of kindness.

Loving Kindness Between Man and Man

1. One should look at the actions of his friend with a good [generous] eye and with love, and by way of this, he will come to judge him favorably. Through this, he will by way of seeing in his friend the good point within him and with this he is doing his his friend kindness, especially if his friend is pious or a Kohen, and it comes out that he completes and attains the attribute of Chesed (which includes these terms love, good, pious and Kohen), by way of Chesed itself (meaning judging favorably and doing kindness).

2. Moreover, he should attempt to do good to those who sin, and to do kindness to them (but not G-d forbid to cause them to continue to sin) in a way that they will be inspired by his actions and they will come by wy of this to recognize the greatness of the Creator, Blessed is He, who commanded upon Chesed. They will then return through repentance and in that way one attains the Chesed with others outside of himself by behaving with the attribute of Chesed.

3. He should be prepared to relinquish his piety in order to fulfill the mitzvah of doing kindness to others. Also, when he receives kindness from others, he should attempt to do kindness with the one who is giving the kindness, that is to say, he should not exert too much upon the one who is doing the kindness to him. With all the kindness he does, he should attempt to accomplish more kindness. It comes out that he completes the attribute of Chesed with the attribute of Chesed itself, as is elaborated by the Sefer Omer HaTenufah, and these are his words:

The attribute of Chesed sh'beChesed teaches us the knowledge to understand that when a person does kindness to his friend as is the Mitzvot of the Torah, nevertheless, the Chesed is complete only based upon the kindness which is in it, that is, to give the poor man at a time when things are cheap or at the time that he needs it more. Our Sages of blessed memory teach us in the Gemara Sukkah 49b on the verse from Hoshea "and you shall reap based on the kindness." This is hinted to by the attribute of Chesed sh'beChesed, which teaches us that even in the kindness and the charity there is a greater level of inner praise of Chesed, that is, in the necessary time as we have explained.

With Physical Acts

One should use one's right hand to do kindness, for example to give charity to a poor man with one's right hand. So too one should give food to one's guests specfically with one's right hand. And if he needs to bring close his son to hug him, he should attempt to do this with the right hand. It comes out that he completes the limb of Chesed (the right hand) with the actions of Chesed.

In Time

1. He should do kindness during the day, and in particular in the morning.

2. He should attempt to connect in the Morning Prayers which were established by Avraham Avinu, in the blessings of Yotzer before reading the Shema with the blessing Ahavah Rabbah, and in the Amidah, during the blessing of Selach Lanu.

Please see our classes on Morning Prayer on the Yeshshem website.

3. When one says the Name Kel, he should intend that it corresponds to Chesed during the recitation of this Name especially during the Morning Prayers.

Step 13: The Pirkei Avot teaches 48 ways to ACQUIRE TORAH

The fifth method to Acquire the Torah taught in the Pirke Avot Chapter 6 is by Awe.

Here are some insights on this "Way". What is Awe? In Hebrew the word for awe comes from the root that means vision or sight. How can you enhance your vision to see more clearly beyond the surface levels of things? When you are able to see the internal essence of something your awe of the Creator will grow.

There will be more added to this section in coming years.

Are you striving to grow your Yirah - your Awe?