Archive for April 13th, 2010

DAY 15: Chesed she b’Tiferet

Just got back from conducting a shiva minyan for a 92 year old gentleman, who was universally described as caring, loving, and generous. Mr. Chesed, I’ll call him. How appropriate to count the Omer at the minyan, in his honor, bringing his Chesed into the room to increase the beauty and harmony of the prayer community. Another one of those Omer counting moments…where the theme of the day and the events of the day are in synch.

As we start the week of Tiferet, I’m always reminded of how difficult it can sometimes be to stay in balance, with all the pulls and pushes we all have in our lives. I’m grateful to have a whole week devoted to paying deeper, closer attention to that aspect of being alive.

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DAY 14: Malchut/Shechina she b’Gevurah

Indwelling Presence within Discernment…gee, doesn’t that include everything we do with kavvanah? I was thinking about how, many years ago, I was studying physics and struggled mightily with the idea (which I was supposed to blindly accept), that there was a force equal to gravity that was somehow “pushing up” and keeping me on the earth. Now, however, the idea that Divine Energy is simultaneously within my depths and flowing through me is NOT a problematic concept! Indwelling Presence seems obvious–and the multidirectional flow seems elementary. I guess there is something to the concept of slow spiritual maturation.

Malchut, on some deep etymological level, refers to counsel, not only to control. That kind of sovereign makes sense to me–imagine a place headed by a wise and thoughtful counselor who made decisions based on knowledge of the Endless. That could be our communities, our countries…or even ourselves! To paraphrase a song–wouldn’t that be lover-ly!

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