היום אחד שמונה עשר יום שהם שני שבועות וארבעה ימים בעמר
Today is eighteen days, which is two weeks and four days of the omer
A day of perseverance in a week of compassion
It's the 18th day - the חי - chai - day of the omer. Today is the "life" day of the omer.
Each Hebrew letter has a number associated with it, which is how Jewish dates are written, and is the basis for Gamatria - the studying of Jewish text from the number value of the words.
חי - chai - means life
ח = 8
י = 10
So יח is 18 = life.
Today is also Shabbat - a day of rest - a day which is made for contemplation of one's life. These days of contemplation mean more to me this year as I face my 60th birthday in a couple of months. It's one of those milestones that force you to look at your life--where you've been, where you are, where you're going.
As I look back--there's a lot that has been accomplished.
As I look forward--there's a lot still to be done.
I stand in the here and now -- appreciating the past, anticipating the future . . .
But I need to live in the present