Omer Day Eleven:
26 Nisan 5780
Monday 20 April 2020

Omer Day 11: Endurance within Strength

In day eleven we focus on endurance within strength — Netzach within Gevurah. As we approach Yom Hashoah (Holocaust rememberance day) we focus on wellness practices that help build strength and connection to past, present, and future.

Today’s practice is contributed by Samia Mansour, Communications and Events Manager for jHUB, an organization that connects interfaith couples and families to Jewish life in Greater Cleveland. Samia is a yoga practitioner and Jewish woman of color who grew up in an interfaith and multicultural household.

☀️Omer Day 11 practice [26 Nisan 5780 | Monday 20 April 2020] ☀️

  1. Grounding: Set intention in the context of strength & endurance goals (1 minute)
  2. Kol Ha’Olam Kulo: Bridge Pose (1 minute)
    • Hold the Bridge Pose for 5 deep breaths as you listen to or recite “Kol Ha’Olam Kulo”
  3. Ani Ve’Ata: Plank Hold (1 minute)
    • Hold a plank for one minute as you listen to or recite: “Ani Ve’ata”
  4. Eli, Eli: Deep Breathing Exercise (1 min)
    • Sit cross legged or stand and raise arms above head on the inhale, lower arms down on the exhale. Repeat this process while listening to or reciting “Eli, Eli”
  5. Repeat steps 2-4

🌀Materials 🌀

Practice Notes ✨

  • See links above for introductions to these poses.
  • Modify as needed, especially plank pose, which may be done on the hands (straight arms) or elbows (bent arms); bring the knees to the ground if needed but focus on maintaining a straight neutral spine (do not arch the back);
  • Or consider modifying the length of each pose to e.g. 30 seconds instead of 1 minute; in this case, cycle through the positions 3 or 4 times instead of twice;


Kol Ha’Olam Kulo

Kol Ha’Olam Kulo
Gesher tzar me’od
Veha’ikar lo lifached k’lal

Ani ve’Ata

The whole world is a narrow bridge and the main thing is to have no fear at all.

Ani ve’ata neshaneh et ha’olam
Ani ve’ata az yavo’u kvar kulam
Amru et zeh kodem lefanai
Zeh lo meshaneh,
Ani ve’ata neshaneh et ha’olam

You and I will change the world
You and I by then all will follow
Others have said it before me
But it doesn’t matter
You and I we’ll change the world

Eli, Eli

Eli Eli, shelo yigamer le’olam
Ha’chol veha’yam
Rishrush shel ha’mayim
Barak hashamayim
T’filat ha-adam

My God, My God, may these things never end:
The sand and the sea
The rustle of the water
The lightning in the sky
The prayer of Man.

☀️This post is part of our Omer Wellness Series – a daily 7-minute opportunity for introspection and intentional focus on caring for ourselves, each other, and our environment in this incredibly challenging time.☀️

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