Omer Day 38

“Wait for Adonai—

Fill your waiting with hope in Adonai;

Let your heart be strong and of good courage, and wait hopefully for Adonai.”


There is a lot of restlessness in the air. People are getting impatient. They’re over it. And I understand it. I understand the wall that we hit when we try and convince ourselves that “we can’t do it anymore!” But you can and you are.

We are living in “waiting” and Judaism implores us to fill our waiting with hope. In my humble opinion, it does us no good to fill our hearts and space with complaints, with negativity, with dreams of rebellion. We are where we are and resisting our location does not change the fact that we are there. I’m not saying that we can’t be sad or afraid or even “over it” but what does us no good is to stay in that state. Acknowledge how you feel and then move back to hope. Because hope is what will allow us to have control over how we behave in these kind of times.

We are in waiting. Try and live in this moment rather than grieving the past or fearing the future. Right now is all we have, quarantine or not. Find the spark again. Revisit your purpose. Get creative. Reach out for support. Tell people you love them. May you be strong and full of good courage, waiting hopefully.

I believe in you,

Rabbi Gabi

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