That’s really exciting.

The word

I am really thrilled to hear that this is being done in a community; and that you are thinking of even writing about the experience! That is all very very cool!

I love the energy of the

Have a wonderful

And Thank you for this. I am on my way to counting Binyan HaSeferot (or HaSeferot Binyan?) and find your article to be exactly what I was looking for. I love the practice of counting the Omer and have written my way downward in Through the Gates: A Practice for Counting the Omer http://tinyurl.com/c7djapy

The book is a series of daily letters, with a poem embedded in each letter, written to a group of spiritual companions, all students of Rabbi Shefa Gold.

I find the spring practice so profoundly helpful — I’m really looking forward to counting in the way you suggest. I will take a small group of readers with me to receive the raw writings, which I suspect will grow into book 2 of Counting the Omer. Thanks so much for helping me get started! And please take a look of you feel so called!

Great Gratitude!

Susan Windle

]]>On Rosh Hashannah, we have the themes of malchuyot, zichronot and shofarot. And during Ellul they say that the king is available to us as He is on the road with us moving toward the castle.

But Sefirot is a mechanism and it is mamash gewalt, so I am okay with the substitution because it is through a consciousness of sefirot that the connection happens toward investing the King.

The suggestion I’ve heard is to start with malchut shebiMalchut and end with chesed shebichesed. I might have confused it in the article, but it felt right to me to name the numbers in a way consistent with what we are already used to on Pesach. So on pesach, we start with Chesed shebichesed which is day 1. On erev erev Rosh Hashannah we are on Chesed Shebichesed but if you count upward it would be day 49. I thought we would leave it as one day remaining so that chesed shebichesed would still be day one. Instead of counting forward we would count backward, if that makes any sense.

So the second day of Pesach, we are on day one chesed shebichesed so we say it is day one. On erev erev RH we are also chesed shebichesed so it is day one in the sense of one day remaining to erev RH, if that makes any sense.

I was not saying to start with Chesed shebiMalchut.

Sorry for any confusion and thanks for the comment.

(written on day 19, which is 5 days and two weeks, hod shebitiferet)

Gabbai Seth ]]>

Also, if it is milimata lima’alah, shouldn’t it begin with “Malchut shebiMalchut” (not “”Chesed shebiMalchut”) & work up to “Chesed shebiMalchut,” then “Malchut shebiYesod” etc. – till the last one being “Chesed shebiChesed”?

]]>I believe the story is that Cantor Robert Esformes once noticed there are 49 days between *Tisha B’Av *and *erev Rosh Hashanah*, told Reb Zalman and then the latter came up with the idea to tie it to counting Sefirot.

Hope this helps.

Gabbai Seth

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