Counting the Omer 2010/5770: Sustenance in Exhile

This is the map of reality for wandering in the wilderness over these seven weeks.

This year’s step out of bondage and into wandering began with turning over the seder to my daughter Anna’s capable and beautiful hands. It was amazing.

The first count of the Omer is this small watercolor and reed pen/ink sketch of Anna and Dylan while we were waiting for the tacos to be delivered. We made the executive and collective decision that this year, corn tortillas are not chametz since they do no rising at all.

Anna and Dylan = chesed shebe chesed (lovingkindness within lovingkindness). They represent an opportunity to love bigger, to include broader, to continue to stretch the family and friends elastic boundary to include more ways of being, more folks to love, more information about my own stubbornness and shortsightedness to correct. How can I love Anna bigger? I can love who she loves. How can I be a more loving citizen in the world? I can watch my political language and make sure it says what I really want it to say, that it calls out the apparent or seeming injustice for examination, but does not belittle any human being (Thank you, Dylan). How can I love my body bigger? I can rest this injured knee and give it the care it is crying out for. Even while wandering. Even if the time is inconvenient. Anna is the embodiment of lovingkindness…she loves like no one else. When you look inside her love you find more love. Chesed shebe chesed.

Today is the first day of the Omer, chesed shebe chesed, lovingkindness within lovingkindness.

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(American, b. 1958)
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