Day 40 - Hod Sh’b Yesod: Presence within Connection

Grounding ourselves in the moment through gratitude and awareness

Opening to the calls of our lives


Practice for today:

Sit for 5, 10, 15 minutes. Bring your attention to your breath.

After a few moments, say to your heart, Hineni— Here I am, present, open, willing. Continue repeating Hineni with each breath.

When you become aware of your mind wandering, gently, and with compassion, bring yourself back to the moment by saying to yourself, Hineni— Here I am. Close your sit by giving thanks.

Bring this practice into the day – pausing at various times to say to

yourself, Hineni— Here I am.


Source of All, You have opened my understanding. You have made it known

that You do not desire sacrifices, sin offerings or burnt offerings.

Rather, what you desire is for me to say:

Here I am, I have come with the scroll of the book

that is written upon me. My deepest yearnings

are to act in alignment with your will

and to live the truths that you placed within me.

(Psalm 40:7-9)

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.

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.

Please note, Rabbi Yael is currently traveling and will be back to lead the Omer Zoom call for the week of Yesod which will be on Thursday May 30th  (there will be no call on Monday, May 27th). 

This year A Way In also offers a onetime Omer class, "Looking toward Sinai," with Rabbi Yael Levy in Philadelphia and via livestream on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 7-8:30PM EST. The class is free and there is no pre-registration required. Go to Calendar for more information.

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

Read more articles about How to Count the Omer

Download PDF with 5779/2019 Calender and Blessings

Donate for this week of the Omer

Away InYesod