Weekly Message May 5th 2016

We are in the midst of a period called the “OMER”. It is a period of 7 weeks in total, throughout which we count every day: “Today is day One, today is day Two etc, beginning from Pesach, until the Festival of Shavuot (49 days). This counting is an expression of anticipation to the festival of Shavuot and a Blessing is said before each counting so it is not such a casual exercise.

For a while, I would perform this counting fairly casually, until one evening when I reflected on how something seemingly trivial and brief can actually be uplifting and motivating.

When you count something you love, you don’t tire.

There was a great rabbi who, while in his late eighties, would stand on his feet for as long as 8 hours at a time greeting people and giving them support. On one of these occasions a journalist asked him how he was able to do this, he responded: “When you are counting diamonds you don’t tire”

This attitude was obviously ingrained in him, but what about me and you, and how we feel about our days and our time. Do we tire counting our days or is it a pleasure and an exciting exercise because we are proud of how we spend our time…?

I leave you to reflect.

Dina and I wish you a restful Shabbat!

Rabbi Chaim and Dina Koncepolski