It is the day of Malchut within Chesed, nobility within love. On this day, I am thinking about how my highest aspirations for myself are revealed in my relationships with others. I think about how I treat other people and what that reflects – or fails to reflect – about my values and standards. I consider what my behavior towards others when I am angry, upset, anxious or distracted says about who I am.
On this seventh day of the Counting of the Omer, I make a commitment to strive to be my best and most noble self in all of my relationships. I also think about being noble in the way I treat myself, remembering that there is nothing honorable about beating myself up for every mistake I make, or for every fault I perceive within myself.
Whether you celebrate Mimouna or not, I hope you draw inspiration from a noble practice of showing love and friendship to non-Jews. There is nothing more noble than recognizing and accepting the things that make us different from others and responding with respect and compassion rather than rejection and fear.
For the introduction to the Counting of the Omer, click on this link:
The First Day of the Counting of the Omer