How to Count the Omer Pt. 4: Working with the Daily and Weekly Spiritual Qualities

Each of the seven weeks and each of the 49 days has its own spiritual quality. At the beginning of each week, there are intentions and suggestions for practices to help focus your attention.

There is a teaching for each day, highlighting that day’s unique combination of qualities along with a teaching and a prayer.

• Notice what each day brings. Notice your responses and insights to the qualities and how they feel in your body. Certain days or weeks might bring up difficult emotions. The practice is to be with them as best you can.

• You might want to make a note of days or weeks that are particularly difficult or joyful to see if you can discern a pattern that could be helpful to your self-understanding.

• Be gentle with yourself as you take this journey. It is a powerful practice that works on many layers of consciousness and awareness. The mystics teach that our counting brings forth blessing and healing for all the world.

Ken yihi ratzon. May it be so.


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.