How to Count the Omer Pt. 3: How to Count

• Find a place to stand where you won’t be disturbed for a few moments.

• Take a soft, deep breath and begin with the introductory prayer.

Say the blessing for counting, then take another very conscious breath. Count the day (and week) of the Omer according to the instructions.

• Take a moment to name the spiritual quality of the week (to be posted once a week on Saturday evenings). With gentleness and discipline, commit yourself to notice how this quality will unfold within and around you as you go through the next 24 hours.

Say the closing prayer.

• On some nights, you might find you do not have the time for the whole practice. In that case, say the prayer for counting and count the day.

• Practices are strengthened through repetition and routine. Counting in the same location and around the same time each evening can help sustain your practice.

 

 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 April 20, 2019, and continue to Shavuot, June 8. Also this year, for the first time, A Way In is offering the opportunity to count together one night a week on Zoom, guided live on video by Rabbi Yael Levy. Every Monday evening Rabbi Yael will offer a teaching about the week and the day of the Omer, and we will stand together and count the new day. Counting together strengthens and helps inspire our experience and practice. Go to instructions for connecting with Zoom.

The practice as well as Rabbi Yael were featured in a 2015 New York Times article.

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