- Friday | April 29, 2022
- 7:00 pm
Late one night, Rabbi Israel Salanter walked past the home of an old shoemaker. The rabbi noticed that, despite the late hour, the man was still working by the light of a dying candle. “Why are you still working?” asked the rabbi. “It is very late and soon that candle will go out.” The shoemaker replied: “As long as the candle is still burning, it is still possible to work and to make repairs.” Rabbi Salanter spent that entire night excitedly pacing his room and repeating to himself: “As long as the candle is still burning, it is still possible to work and to make repairs.”
On our journey from Pesach’s freedom to Shavuot’s purpose, we count the Omer together:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹֽמֶר.
Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu al s’firat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who sanctifies us with mitzvot, and commands us concerning the counting of the Omer.
Tonight begins the 14h day, which is 2 weeks of the Omer.
Join us for our counting of the Omer, in person and on social media, throughout the journey from Pesach’s freedom to Shavuot’s purpose. Submit a favorite Jewish text for our daily intention to clergyoffice@rodephshalom.