The 29th Day of the Omer (Wednesday, 28 April)

Gotta get ready for the Torah. Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses our teacher) says it’s going to be a BIG deal, bigger even than the Exodus! How that’s possible, I don’t know, but hey, this guy is for real. He really does have a hot line to God. The splitting of the Red Sea—I’ll be singing about it every day for the rest of my life! I don’t know how I’m going to be prepared for this Torah, whatever it is, but I’ll try to change what I can.

OK, so today is the 29th Day of the Omer-Count. The Major Sefirah: Hod/Thanks-giving; Minor Sefirah: Chessed/Kindness. Date: 14 Iyar, Pesach Sheni (2nd Pesach). My birthday.

Resolution: Instead of griping, I will flip my viewpoint: Everything is exactly perfect. I will thank God for the past (everyone’s screw-ups were just what the doctor ordered); for the present (I have everything—I am alive); and the future: God got me this far—I’m so sure He’ll get me through any upcoming problems, I’ll start thanking Him today.

In the spirit of Hod, I will emulate Aharon the Kohen. I will do people favors so that they thank GOD; I will be grateful to anyone for any kindness he does for me and love him the more for it; if I have to correct someone for an error, I will do so with kid gloves, not boxing gloves.

Thursdays are Hod-days. Hod is the Dawn, everyday. Hod is the LEFT LEG.

When I daven (pray) the Shemonah Esrei blessing Slach (“Forgive” #6), I will ask God to forgive me for cutting Him out of the picture and taking full credit for my successes.

Pesach Sheni is for those who missed the first Pesach. No reason to despair. If the desire to come closer to God is strong enough, God Himself will give us new opportunities. Just gotta have strong, honest desire.

OK, Ozer. Be thankful and grateful, be kind, and channel your desire to become closer to God. That Torah’s gonna be yours.

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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