31st Day of the Omer (Friday, 30 April)

Major Sefirah: Hod (human representation: Aharon HaKohen); minor sefirah: Tiferet (human representation: Yaakov Avinu); Date: 16 Iyar

I was thinking, that as much as the sun, moon etc. praise God, they are not the ultimate of Creation—I am! I’m a human being, a Jew. When I praise God, that’s more beautiful than anything all the stars and galaxies can say. So they hold their praise when I begin mine.

Like Yaakov Avinu who was careful in choosing his words of prayer (see Midrash on Genesis 32:12), I’ll try to be more careful in expressing my thanks and praise to God. I may never speak eloquently, but I should always speak with dignity!

Dignity, dignified. All these prayers we say, including the Birkat HaMazon (Grace after Meals)—I should try to look my best when I say them. You know, not in my tee-shirt and shorts, but clean clothes and neat, not a tuxedo, but something that befits the One I’m addressing.

When I say the Shemonah Esrei blessing Refaeinu (Heal us #8) I will try to make amends for attributing my family’s good health only to doctors, vitamins, yoga etc. They couldn’t’ve done it without Him!

Mark this date down: 16 Iyar. Why? Do you know what happened today? Manna happened! Remember yesterday I said that Moshe Rabbeinu promised that we would see kavod Hashem and we would have what to eat? It happened! And you know, we’ve seen a LOT of unusual goings-on this last year and a half, but this was SO amazing.

This food fell from Heaven. It looked like food, tasted indescribably delicious, but it didn’t fit into any box. Food falling from Heaven? It wasn’t a fruit or a vegetable. It wasn’t fish or fowl. Everybody was asking, “What (mah) is it?!” Nobody had an answer, so we named it man (manna).

Author: Ozer Bergman

Ozer Bergman is an editor for the Breslov Research Institute, a spiritual coach, and author of Where Earth and Heaven Kiss: A Practical Guide to Rebbe Nachman's Path of Meditation.

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