Thirty-eight days of the Omer 5778

Today is thirty-eight days, which is five weeks and three days of the Omer. תפארת שביסוד, אמת שביסוד, Tiferet ShebeYesod, Emet ShebeYesod, Beauty of Bonding, Truth of Bonding.

Today I had the honor of witnessing the AJU Ziegler Rabbinical School ordination. Ten Rabbis were welcomed into the Jewish community. Their neshamot, their souls, shine bright and they are each a blessing and a light unto the world. Truly, it is an amazing thing to witness people embarking on their journeys, after five or six years of graduate school, into the work they have always meant to do.

What is the truth that binds you to living with meaning? How can you share the beauty of your path with all whom you meet along the way?

The most difficult and important insight I’ve gained from this Omer cycle is my obligation to enter spaces whole-heartedly and reflect the highest version of myself. I am committed to changing my habits, transforming my speech from being rooted in criticism and angst to recognizing the overflowing blessings of my life. 
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If you missed today’s ceremony, you can join me on Memorial Day at 2 pm at Stephen S Wise Temple for the ordination and graduation of my colleagues from the Academy for Jewish Religion, California; Rabbis, Cantors, chaplain, and Jewish Studies graduates.

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