Counting the Omer...Counting Our Days

לִמְנוֹת יָמֵינוּ כֵּן הוֹדַע וְנָבִא לְבַב חָכְמָה

Limnot yameinu, ken hodah, v’navi l’vav chochmah.

Teach us to number our days, that we might gain a heart of wisdom.  - Psalm 90:12

Starting on the second night of Passover, we begin to count the Omer, numbering the days from Passover to Shavuot, moving from freedom to revelation.

The Omer reflects a set number of days and marks both our physical time and our spiritual journey. Throughout the pandemic, we counted our days in a different way—days of isolation, weeks of closure, months of uncertainty.

We don’t yet know what the 49 days of the Omer will mean for us this year, as we hopefully continue moving toward one set endpoint, Shavuot, and pray for the eventual end of the pandemic.

In Psalm 90:12, the psalmist asks God for help, recognizing that life is fragile, and searching for the meaning that comes from that awareness. Realizing that each day is precious and that our ultimate number of days is finite, can hopefully cause us to live a more purposeful life. A “heart of wisdom” is the goal—to live each day with intention, finding things to appreciate in each moment.

Today, in this unique moment, we are each challenged to find the meaning of what we have individually and collectively experienced throughout the pandemic, the separation, the loss, the extra time with family members, and the quiet moments of contemplation, discovering the essence of what truly matters to us in the midst of this plague.


-What lessons will we have learned when we hopefully emerge on the other side?

-What will we carry with us on our pilgrimage to our metaphorical Temple in Jerusalem?

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haggadah Section: Conclusion
Source: Rabbi Brian Fink