Counting the Omer: Week 5

Week of Hod (הוד) Gratitude/Receiving

Welcome to the fifth week of the counting of the omer!

Remember that each week there is a “lead” sephira” and each of the others is put “within” that lead. 

If the concept of counting the omer is new to you — check the introduction for more about this practice.

The fifth week of the Omer focuses on Hod. This sephira is usually interpreted as AweSplendor, or Glory. However, Rav Kohenet Jill Hammer refers to Hod as gratitude, receiving, and openness — Rabbi Rami Shapiro interprets it as humility. Choose the definition that works best for you, and feel free to change your mind. Play with how each of them sits with you.

So that means we’ve journeyed from Chesed (Loving Kindness) to Gevurah (Strength) to Tifereth (Beauty/Compassion) to Netzach (Endurance/Victory) and now to Hod.

Hod, like Netzach is a sephira of movement. They are considered to be the right and left feet on the body.   Where Netzach is the ability to overcome obstacles, Hod is what gives us the ability to feel a purpose in life and feel the glory and awe in accomplishments.  Hod is what gives direction to Netzach.

Once again we look at each of the other seven “lower” sephirot through the lense of this sephira. We begin like every week, with Chesed (loving kindness).

Where is the boundary between a sense of wonder for your accomplishments and arrogance? Are you too driven by Netzach and are just living to endure without knowing why?  Are you making choices in life or just floating from thing-to-thing?  What are you truly committed to achieving?  What do you do that fills you with a sense of wonder?

The fifth week, which explores Hod (Gratitude/Receiving), looks like this:

  1. Loving-kindness within Gratitude/Receiving
  2. Strength within Gratitude/Receiving
  3. Compassion (Beauty) within Gratitude/Receiving
  4. Endurance within Gratitude/Receiving
  5. Glory within Gratitude/Receiving
  6. Connection within Gratitude/Receiving
  7. Majesty within Gratitude/Receiving

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If you Count the Omer at night, then you might want to follow the tradition practices.  RitualWell.org has the full text in masculine and feminine Hebrew, transliterated, and in English.

Since there are many ways to engage with this practice, here are some of my favorites.  I hope you’ll share what techniques and resources you are using to explore, internalize, and understand the practice of counting the omer.

Exploring Hod:

Omer Resources


Adapted from a post originally written for Peeling a Pomegranate by Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet

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