Omer Week 3 - The Week of Tiferet: Radiance, Balance, Harmony, Truth
We welcome the week of Tiferet, Radiance, Balance, Harmony, and the new month of Iyar.
Iyar, which is a full month of Omer counting, brings brilliant light, natural healing and the opportunity for second chances.
The light of Iyar shines as the spring days grow longer. The mystics teach that the Iyar light comes from beyond creation and illuminates the sparks of our souls. The light calls us to weave connections and seek harmony.
The healing of Iyar rises from the Israelite’s crossing of the sea.
Soon after the people crossed the waters and celebrated their new lives with song and dance, tremendous fear arose in them. In that moment the Divine Mystery said, I am Yah your healer. Iyar is an acronym for this promise the Divine has made: On life’s journeys you will cross the sea and step into the unknown again and again, and I will be there with you in guidance, strength and love, I am Yah your healer. (Exodus 15:26)
Iyar is a month of second chances because the full moon of Iyar provides the opportunity to make up for something that had been missed.
During Temple times it was considered essential for a person’s spiritual and material well being, that they make a sacrificial offering for Passover. If circumstances kept someone from making this offering they were given another opportunity on the 15th of the month of Iyar to do so.
Iyar says it is never too late—no matter what situation we find ourselves in, no matter how far away we have traveled from our intentions or goals, it is possible to realign and begin again.
As we welcome the week of Tiferet and the month of Iyar, may we be strengthened and inspired by the lights that shine forth from each other.
May this month bring healing to our bodies and souls, to our country, the world and all the earth.
And may we act with courage, forgiveness and love, allowing for ourselves and others the gift of second chances.
This third week of the Omer, we invite donations in honor or memory of someone who has brought beauty and healing into the world through the way they have lived their life. We also invite gifts in honor or memory of someone who has acted with forgiveness and has opened the door to second chances. Donate for the Omer.
The Omer teachings you 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 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 at 8:30PM EST Rabbi Yael offers a teaching about the week and the day of the Omer, and we 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.