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A Shining Day

Thursday, 28 March, 2013 - 8:04 am


Rabbi can you tell me how to make my days Shine?


Make each day count or count each day.

In Hebrew the word to count is Lisph(f)or.   Notice the root of the word sphor or sapphire.  In Hebrew the two words (to count and sapphire) share almost all of the letters.   They are also related to the word for shining just as a sapphire shines. 

It is very evident that if you make each day count and meaningful then your days will shine.  How does one do this? 

For that we have yet another word in Hebrew with the same root - Sipur.  This word means a story or to tell a story.   Picture yourself at the end of the day taking a few moments to recount your story - the events of the day. The things you did and didn't do.  The things you wished you had done and the things you wished you hadn't.  Now picture yourself telling tomorrows story, how do you want it to be?  What are the things you want to be proud of in tomorrow's accomplishments?  What are the things you hope to avoid tomorrow?  Who are the people you want to be with tomorrow?   What are the personal struggles you hope to be victorious over tomorrow? 

From the second day of Pesach until the holiday of Shavout, we count the Omer.  In Hebrew Sefirat Ha'Omer - counting of the Omer (notice the root word here).   This is a personal journey from Passover to Shavout, a journey of counting and rewriting or writing our story.  

Try this for the next 47 days until Shavout - each evening count the number of days that have passed.   Count the number and then recount the events of the day.  Then take another moment and write your story for tomorrow.  

See what a difference it will make in your life. 

Read more about the Omer by clicking here. 

Shabbat Shalom (No Services this week)

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

P.S. Regards from Atlanta

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