Counting the Omer – Feeding the Land, not the Landfill
Anything that grows from the Earth can be composted. Hard things take longer to compost than soft things. The more different kinds of scraps you put in a compost pile, the more different kinds of “wee cavorting beasties” will thrive inside your pile. Nurture the soil-creating organisms in your compost by feeding them often and they will nurture you.
Blessing for Day Nine
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 תִּשְׁעָה יָמִים שֶׁהֵם שָׁבֽוּעַ אֶחָד וּשְׁנֵי יָמִים לָעֹֽמֶר
Hayom tishah yamim shehem shavua echad ushnei yamim la-omer.
Today is nine days, which is one week and two days of the Omer.