Omer Compleat and Explained

We call it the counting of the Omer, the period between Passover and Shavuos when we literally make a counting corresponding to both historical and spiritual realities. Historical: the omer is the wave offering, the harvesting of the barley grain during Temple times. Now we do a ritual counting daily called Sefirah. This year during the Sefirah period, I am after more guidance with less text. I take for my prompt the teaching brought down by R. Nachman the Breslover: when we pay attention to what happens during the days of the Sefirah period, we become aware of the energies in each day and so align ourselves to G*d’s inscrutable will.

The Sefirah/the Counting begins on the second day of Passover and continues until 50, which is Shavuos.

Each week is guided by one of the seven lower energies/Sefirot; each day during that week I track the work of the particular energy of the day in the context of the week’s spiritual environment. So the first week is given over to Chesed – a form of giving, opening – and each day of that week the work of chesed in chesed, then gevurah – severity – within chesed, etc.

I imagine the Sefirot in triads, two as complements, a third as synthesis, and Malkhut as the spout through which the *divine energy spills into my awareness.

Below is the whole period with a brief key to the energies/Sefirot. I will update the complete document as I feel them, write them, inscribe them. With my students, I open the day with a meditation searching myself for the image/imagery that characterizes that day’s intersection of energies; the day reveals itself in the engine of Energies. I do this respecting the Breslover guidance that the day will reveal itself to me in its inner character. I will add to the document as I write the images, as the images write me.

We began the counting on Tuesday evening this year, March 26.


Chesed love, opening, giving
Gevurah severity, power, withholding
Tiferet beauty, pride

Netzach triumph, aggrandizement
Hod glory, beauty
Yesod foundation, including sexual energy

Malkhut majesty, the feminine, the inner notion

Week 1, Day 1, Counting 1: Chesed in Chesed
Week 1, Day 2, Counting 2: Gevurah in Chesed
Week 1, Day 3, Counting 3: Tiferet in Chesed
Week 1, Day 4, Counting 4: Netzach in Chesed
Week 1, Day 5, Counting 5: Hod in Chesed
Week 1, Day 6, Counting 6: Yesod in Chesed
Week 1, Day 7, Counting 7: Malchut in Chesed

Chesed in chesed/ Counting 1

Cut my freedom this year
With fear
An act of will.

Gevurah in Chesed/Counting 2

Restore health
Make sure the face is
Breathing —

Slap the face
Into awakening.

Tiferet in Chesed/Counting 3

You are beautiful you unforgiving self
Truth and
Without your expectations
I would never be nearly as

Netzach in Chesed/Counting 4

Leave the good
To the simple.

Be Dark and light
Carry two shoulders
Into the wind.

Hod in Chesed/Counting 5

Fresh slice of soul
Two wings over the world.

Yesod in Chesed/Counting 6

The mud the mud
the dark
the dirt

looks good.

Malkhut in Chesed/Counting 7

A happy man, a happy man I said;

When did you get out of the basement,
you asked;

This morning.
I gave it up entirely this morning
And I intend to give it up —

Tomorrow morning.

Week 2, Day 1, Counting 8: Chesed in Gevurah
Week 2, Day 2, Counting 9: Gevurah in Gevurah
Week 2, Day 3, Counting 10: Tiferet in Gevurah
Week 2, Day 4, Counting 11: Netzach in Gevurah
Week 2, Day 5, Counting 12: Hod in Gevurah
Week 2, Day 6, Counting 13: Yesod in Gevurah
Week 2, Day 7, Counting 14: Malchut in Gevurah

Chesed in Gevurah/Counting 8

You might see bees now and again down at the corner
Flying around the flowers under that sculpture where birds won’t sit;

Oh honeybee
You are working so hard to be alive.

Gevurah in Gevurah/Counting 9

Sat next to Socrates on the bus this morning
He isn’t angry with Plato
Just wishes they could have
Stayed close;

He still clams he knows
Calls himself a midwife;

He helped give birth to
What I call
My wisdom;

Tiferet in Gevurah/Counting Ten

In the inevitable descent

Planted here to grow Something.

You arrived.

Week 3, Day 1, Counting 15: Chesed in Tiferet
Week 3, Day 2, Counting 16: Gevurah in Tiferet
Week 3, Day 3, Counting 17: Tiferet in Tiferet
Week 3, Day 4, Counting 18: Netzach in Tiferet
Week 3, Day 5, Counting 19: Hod in Tiferet
Week 3, Day 6, Counting 20: Yesod in Tiferet
Week 3, Day 7, Counting 21: Malchut in Tiferet

Week 4, Day 1, Counting 22: Chesed in Netzach
Week 4, Day 2, Counting 23: Gevurah in Netzach
Week 4, Day 3, Counting 24: Tiferet in Netzach
Week 4, Day 4, Counting 25: Netzach in Netzach
Week 4, Day 5, Counting 26: Hod in Netzach
Week 4, Day 6, Counting 27: Yesod in Netzach
Week 4, Day 7, Counting 28: Malchut in Netzach

Week 5, Day 1, Counting 29: Chesed in Hod
Week 5, Day 2, Counting 30: Gevurah in Hod
Week 5, Day 3, Counting 31: Tiferet in Hod
Week 5, Day 4, Counting 32: Netzach in Hod
Week 5, Day 5, Counting 33: Hod in Hod
Week 5, Day 6, Counting 34: Yesod in Hod
Week 5, Day 7, Counting 35: Malchut in Hod

Week 6, Day 1, Counting 36: Chesed in Yesod
Week 6, Day 2, Counting 37: Gevurah in Yesod
Week 6, Day 3, Counting 38: Tiferet in Yesod
Week 6, Day 4, Counting 39: Netzach in Yesod
Week 6, Day 5, Counting 40: Hod in Yesod
Week 6, Day 6, Counting 41: Yesod in Yesod
Week 6, Day 7, Counting 42: Malchut in Yesod

Week 7, Day 1, Counting 43: Chesed in Malchut
Week 7, Day 2, Counting 44: Gevurah in Malchut
Week 7, Day 3, Counting 45: Tiferet in Malchut
Week 7, Day 4, Counting 46: Netzach in Malchut Malchut
Week 7, Day 5, Counting 47: Hod in Malchut
Week 7, Day 6, Counting 48: Yesod in Malchut
Week 7, Day 7, Counting 49: Malchut in Malchut

*N.B. Don’t forget, for us the day begins the evening before.