This is the 4th day of the Counting of the Omer. The following commentary is adapted from Rabbi Karyn Kedar's,Omer: A Counting.
At the center of our worship experience is a cry. All of the other prayers in the service are a mere accompaniment to this cry. The other prayers lead up to this moment of crecsendo and then gently guide us back from it.
The cry itself - Sh'ma Yisra'el - "Hear O Israel, Y-H-W-H our God Y-H-W-H is One!" - is not addressed to God. It is a call to oursleves. It is a call to all who struggle, to all who are human, who struggle to understand. It is even a cry to one another. This act of calling demands all our strength; sometimes it even demands life itself.
Some say th eglass is half empty. Some say the glass is half full. I say our cup runneth over (Psalm 23:5). This is the meaning of the verse, "Certainly goodness and mercy shall pursue you all the days of your life" (Psalm 23:6). Allow your life to overflow with goodness and mercy. Let it catch up to you and be part of your soul.
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