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 the 16th 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.
Night of April 13 2017 which is 18th of Nissan in the year תשעז
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 procede 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.
1. This step will cause your soul to knowingly do this Mitzvah with the proper Kavenah (intention).
Please say the following:
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 Hay 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 Statment 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.
HaYom Shelosha Yamim LaOmer
Today is Day Three of the Omer
Please consider in what ways the triangel expressed by the number three causes balance to return from the tension involved with the two different columns of sharing and receiving?
Step 5. Ohr Penimi - Inner Light
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 Issac 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
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:
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
Vevarkanu is a word that means "Bless Us". It also has the meaning of "bending our knees". What does it mean to you to "bend your knees". Does it mean praying or submitting to the Yoke of Heaven? What do you have to do to submit to the Yoke of Heaven? In what way do you need to change yourself? In what ways do you bless others? increase the ways you bless others? How does this bring you and them closer to Hashem?
LadaAt BaAretz Darkehcha Bekal Goyim YeShuAhTecha
That Thy way may be known upon earth, Thy salvation among all nations.
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.
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's 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 Mem is a Mother Letter which connects to Loving Kindness or Chesed and Water. In what way can you increase your connection to Loving Kindness. How can you share more while removing your expectation to receive something in return?
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.
Ehretz Natnah Yevulah Yevarkanu Elohim Ehlohainu:
The earth hath yielded her increase; may God, our own God, bless us.
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.
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.
Tzerurah Tatir Yemincha Gedulat BeCoach Ana
7th word is pronounced Aleph Bet Gimmel Yood Taf Tzadi
Please - with Power - Greatness - Your Right Side - Releasing - Knot
Meditate on the Gimmel which has a gematria of three. The gimmel has the meaning of "render" or "ripen". With different vowels it means a camel. What is the nature of a Camel? Within itself it conserves water. Water has the consciousness of Loving Kindness. Use this gimmel to grow the consciousness of Loving Kindness within yourself! Then use your increased Loving Kindness to share it with others. Contemplate how you can accomplish this.
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.
Norah Taharenu Sagvenu Amcha Rinat Kabel
7th word is pronounced Koof Resh Ayin Sin Tet Nun
Awesome - Purified - Our Praise - Your People - Rejoicing - Receive
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.
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
Kavenah on fourth Verse
Meditation while saying the fourth verse of the Ana Bekoach is Eternal Victory and Acknowledgment
Gamlaim Tamid Tzidkatecha Rachamai Tacharaim Barchaim
7th word is pronouncedBet Tet Resh Tzadi Taf Gimmel
Grant Them - Eternal - Righteous - Compassion - Purify Them - Bless Them
Kavenah on fifth Verse
Meditation while saying the fifth verse of the Ana Bekoach is Appreciation and Thankfulness
Adatecha Nahail Toovcha Barchaim Kadosh Chasin
7th word is pronouncedChet Koof Bet Tet Nun Ayin
Your People - Govern - Goodness - Abundance - Holy - Invincible Your
Kavenah on sixth Verse
Meditation while saying the sixth verse of the Ana Bekoach is "spreading the wisdom of Kabbalah"
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
Kavenah on seventh Verse
Meditation while saying the seventh verse of the Ana Bekoach is "completion and perfection through / with Loving Kindness"
Ta-Alumot Yodaya Tziakatanu Ooshmah Kabel Shavatanu
7th word is pronouncedShin Koof Vav Tzadi Yood Taf
Hidden - You Know - Our Wail - And Hear - Receive - Our Cry
This Verse is said "silently" in a whisper
This verse grounds any excess energy
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.
Third Journey - Sukkot to Etham at the end of the desert
This Journey is connected to the Gimmel of the First Verse in the Ana Bekoach.
Etam, in ancient Egyptian, means “seashore.” Some identify Etham with the Egyptian Chetem, which denotes a fortress. After early childhood, when we are completely dependent on parents for sustenance and protection, we begin to emerge from the “fortress” as we start to develop a sense of independence. This stage is comparable to a “seashore,” a boundary between exploring the new world around us and scurrying back for approval and guidance from our parents. At this phase in our lives we are not yet quite thrown into the desert, yet we are its edge, as we become acquainted with an alien and insensitive world.
In what way do you need to explore your limits and transition from the protection of your nature to going outside your comfort zone while maintaining a safer process and a protection shield like the child who has his parents to support him?
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:
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
Tiferet Shebe Chesed
Balance and Beauty within 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.
Balance; Beauty; Splendor; Magnificent; Adornment
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:
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 connection. 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 (email@example.com) 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 Gevurah SheBeChesed is Yaacov Avinu. He suggests we read section of Genesis that connects us to the Keter relationship with Yaacov from the Tanach. Here are a few verses and it is our intention to add more verses as time permits.
Beraishit Chapter 21 Verse 2-7
to be done later
And after that came forth his brother, and his hand had hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was threescore years old when she bore them.
This verse is the first verse in the Torah where Yaacov is mentioned. Thus it is the seed level or the Keter of our knowledge of Yaacov
The Torah explains that there is a constant seesaw relationship between Yaacov and Esau. When one becomes stronger the other weaker and vice a versa.
Step 12: Here is some additional insights into the consciousness of Chesed SheBe Chesed from Rabbi Drizin, as well as some additional thoughts from Chanoch
Kevenah about Tiferet She Be Chesed
Reading these will help to grow your vessel. Meditation using these letters of תפארת שבחסד after reading the Kavenah will also be beneficial.
Tiferet SheBe Chesed has a external gematria of 1455. 1455 is 1000 plus 455. This becomes 456 when we convert 1000 which is the word Aleph to 1 which is the letter Aleph. 456 is the gematria of the word death. We thus see that the vaccine against death is Tiferet Shebe Chesed.
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 Hesed) 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 way 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.
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 third method to Acquire the Torah taught in the Pirke Avot Chapter 6 is by Speech. Listenting is said to "Pierce the Heart.
Here is some insights on this "Way" from the website Revach.net
Arichas Sefasayim - Get The Word Out
"Oib Es Felt In Hasbara Es Felt In Havana". This famous quote, often attributed to Rav Chaim Volozhin, tells us that something may seem very clear in your mind but when you try to articulate it suddenly things break down. Verbalizing your thoughts helps crystalize them and it is a good litmus test of true understanding.
Interestingly, when you count money or if you've watched other people do so, you may have noticed that they count out loud. Not that counting is that complicated but when it comes to precious money no one wants to make a mistake, and articulating the numbers is going to give you more accurate results than by counting in the recesses of your mind. Similarly showing gratitude or remorse in a variety of ways often does not do the job until you have said the magic words like "Thank you" or "I'm sorry". Only by hearing this sentiment articulated from your lips does the other person feel that your appreciation or regret is clear in your mind. Sadly even when it comes to Lashon Hara, two people can both be thinking the same thing about the same person for a very obvious reason, yet their Yetzer hara is not appeased until the gossip has escaped their lips in all the gory detail.
Torah is complex. We can build complex structures in our mind. But just like mere thoughts, we need to express them verbally, to test them if they are truly coherent. If they pass this minimal test then they have a better chance of standing the test of time and remaining with you longer than a fleeting thought.
There will be more added to this section in coming years.
Are you careful about what you speak?
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