Week 5 - Week of Hod: Presence, Gratitude

This evening as we begin the week of Hod we also arrive at Pesach Shani, the second Passover.

This designation comes from Temple times. When someone was unable to bring a Pesach offering to the Temple on Passover, he or she was given a second chance to bring the offering on the full moon of this month, Iyar. (Wednesday, May 10) .

The message of Pesach Shani and the whole month of Iyar is that it is never too late. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, no matter how far away we are, how lost, how unsure, this month tells us there is always a way back. There is always a way to rectify a situation, there is always a way to find healing peace, forgiveness, direction.

May we honor the week of Hod and Pesach Shani by remembering it is never too late for us or anyone else.

May we offer ourselves and each other forgiveness and the opportunity to begin again and again.

- Rabbi Yael Levy

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.

Please feel free to join us via call-in for live Thursday morning 8-8:30 AM Omer-themed Meditation Sits with Rabbi Yael Levy, or listen to a recording of the Sit posted on Facebook and our Web site soon afterward.

The daily teachings started on Tuesday, April 11 and continue to Shavuot, May 29. A Way In also invites you to join us for our annual retreat in the high desert of New Mexico for the last days of the Counting.

The practice as well as Rabbi Yael were featured recently on the Chai Haven Show on New Haven Independent radio, as well as in a 2015 New York Times article.

Each week of the Omer is associated with one of seven sefirot, manifestations of Divine attributes, that the Kabbalists associated with each week between Pesach and Shavuot.

As part of your Omer practice, please consider making a donation in conjunction with a week of the Omer (and its attribute) that resonates for you. If you wish to make a gift in honor or in memory of someone, we will let them know of your gift with an inspirational card.



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