Loving-Kindness of Loving-Kindness!

WEEK 1: Making Our Kindness Right!

Day 1, April 4-5, 2015 {Read Psalm 119:1-8}
The energy of today is Loving-Kindness of Loving-Kindness. Just for today and today only express kindness by smiling all day no matter what happens.

~Karen Berg 

Imagine…we’re just newly free, having survived the physical hardships of slavery, the emotional pain of few choices, the intellectual restrictions of living under a foreign ruler and the spiritual doubts that must have accompanied those many years in Egypt.  And then, those plagues…one after another, increasing in severity and yet, still, we were not allowed to leave.  And then, just yesterday, miraculously and amidst great peril, we fled to freedom…and into the unknown.

Fear, uncertainty and confusion are helped by the kind of lovingkindness within lovingkindness that is the theme of this, the first day of our counting.  The kind of love that surrounds us, helps us find courage in the face of danger.  The kind of love that supports us as we take tentative first steps on our own, without orders from taskmasters.  The kind of love that we find within us as we begin to understand what has just happened, that we are free to, finally, begin to discover who we are.

So, too, for us today.  This first day of the journey toward revelation is based on the deepest knowledge that endless love, from the Source of kindness, is available with every step and every breath.  Today, we celebrate in gentleness, in gratitude, in awe.  

Rabbi Min Kantrowitz 

Biblical Affirmation and Mediatations For DAY 1

Everyday after sundown, starting from the second evening of Passover – until the night before (what we call) Pentecost; the following blessing is recited just prior to stating the count of the omer:

STEP 1:

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer. 

Today is Day 1 of the Omer.  

STEP 2:

After this blessing is affirmed and the count declared – it is tradition to recite this short prayer:

O Compassionate One! May Christ return for us the Service of the Temple to its Place, speedily and in Our time! AMEN.

STEP 3: READ ALOUD PSALM 67 

STEP 4: Read, Mediatate and Live (1)Karen Berg’s Quote above and (2)The following Scriptures: 

Scripture Verses For Day 1:

Genesis 49:10 (KJV) The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

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1 Corinthians 5:6-8 (KJV)

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

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Submitted by:

Dwayne B. Neal – Team N.A.M.E.S.
“Knowledge is power, but ACTION is King!”

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One thought on “Loving-Kindness of Loving-Kindness!

  1. Sorry Rabbi, but the story in the Bible grossly slanders the known history of the Egyptians. I believe in loving kindness and practice it. I greatly respect Judism, and consider myself part Jewish because I was born and raised in NYC. Jesus was a devout Jew, which is something the Christians overlook, not understanding the true meaning of being Jewish.I abhor slavery but there is no way the Jewish people were used to build the pyramids. This would have been deeply sacriligeious to the Egyptian way of life. The pyramids were built for the gods by Egyptians.I believe that the truth is very important. Cecil B DeMille slandered a great pharoah and a great people.I do not think any really religious Jew would be easy with such a slander, as it degrades us all.The Jewish people are far greater than that.

    Kat

    Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 20:50:33 +0000 To: katburns9466@hotmail.com

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