Blessings for Counting the Omer
It is traditional to count at night while standing.
For the sake of the Unification of the Holy One, with presence and awareness, in awe and love to unify the name—yod-heh-vav-heh— in complete unity, in the name of all of Israel,—Hineni— Here I am—prepared and ready to perform the mitzvah of Counting the Omer. As is written in Torah: You are to count from the morrow of the rest day from the day you brought the omer offering that is waved—there are to be seven complete weeks. You are to count until the day after the seventh week, 50 days, and then bring an offering, a new gift to God.
May the delight of God be upon us. May the work of our hands be supported. May the work of our hands bring forth God.
Prayer for Counting
Baruch ata yah eloheynu melekh haolam, asher kideshanu b’mitzvotav vetzivanu al sefirat ha’omer.
Blessed is the mystery that flows through time and space. You infuse us with holiness and call us into connection through the counting of the Omer.
Today is the ____ day of the Omer.
That makes ____ week(s) and ____ day(s) of the Omer.
Today has the spiritual quality of _____________
Source of all, you called us to count the Omer in order to clear us of all that is in the way of our growth and service. Through my counting today, may there be cleared any debris that is in the way of the light shining through. May I be cleansed and sanctified with the holiness of above and through this may abundant bounty flow into the world. May shefa (abundant, radiant light) come through and heal our nefesh, ruach and neshamah (our layers of body, mind and soul) sanctifying us with the holiness of the elyon (the Most High). Amen. Selah.
The Omer teachings you will see here and can receive as nightly email reminders by signing up for our mailing list, are taken from Rabbi Yael Levy's Omer guide, Journey through the Wilderness, which is available as a whole in print or as an ebook.
The daily teachings will begin Saturday March 31 and continue to Shavuot, May 19. A Way In also invites you to join us for our retreat in the high desert of New Mexico for the last days of the Counting.
The practice as well as Rabbi Yael were featured in a 2015 New York Times article.