Counting the Omer – Feeding the Land, not the Landfill
If you garden, your plants will be healthier if you grow them from soil rich in composted nutrients. Every year, you can use a tiller to mix your old compost with your garden soil. This adds natural fertilizer to your garden and results in healthy vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. Some people call compost black gold. When compost is added to soil, the soil holds more moisture and the nutrients promote healthy plant growth.
Blessing for Day Thirteen
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹֽמֶר.
Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu al s’firat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who makes us holy with mitzvot, and commands us concerning the counting of the Omer.
הַיּוֹם שְׁלֹשָׁה עָשָׂר יוֹם שֶׁהֵם שָׁבֽוּעַ אֶחָד וְשִׁשָּׁה יָמִים לָעֹֽמֶר.
Hayom sh’loshah asar yom shehem shavua echad v’shishah yamim la-omer.
Today is thirteen days, which is one week and six days of the Omer.