The Counting of the Omer
The seven-week (49-day) period between Passover and Shavuot is called the Omer.
The practice of counting these 49 days in anticipation for Shavuot is called the Counting of the Omer. On the 50th day, Shavuot—which commemorates the Giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai—is celebrated. The Counting of the Omer not only builds anticipation for the holiday of Shavuot, but it is also a time of spiritual refinement and personalgrowth.
Below are daily Omer reflections for each of the 49 days of the counting. These reflections contain thoughts and exercises for personal character refinement and self-growth during this time period.
OMER WEEK 1: LOVING-KINDNESS
The world was built on loving-kindness. (Ps. 89:3)
OMER WEEK 2: DISCIPLINE, DISCERNMENT, STRENGTH
A sense of trust and protection come from healthy boundaries that function within our lives.
OMER WEEK 3: COMPASSION, HARMONY, MERCY
Compassion unlocks much within your own heart.
OMER WEEK 4: ENDURANCE, VICTORY
Today’s endurance is tomorrow’s victory.
OMER WEEK 5: HUMILITY, SPLENDOR, GLORY
There is greatness in smallness. There is beauty in modesty. There is power in gratitude.
OMER WEEK 6: BONDING, FOUNDATION
Connection is essential to who you are. Bonding is the foundation of all relationships.
OMER WEEK 7: SOVEREIGNTY, LEADERSHIP, DIGNITY, NOBILITY
Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom and You are exalted as head above all. (1 Chron. 29:11)
The Scripture used in Omer Week 7 is based off of the JPS 1917 Tanakh