DAY 23: Gevurah she b’Netzach

It’s counterintuitive, but sometimes in order to persevere, we need to stop. That’s part of the message of Discernment within Endurance….it’s the old country song of ‘know when to hold ‘em; know when to fold ‘em’! I often think of the work I do with families as parents and grandparents age and become increasingly frail and dependent. Thoughtful balancing between considerations of safety and autonomy is necessary. Sometimes, as when an adult child decides to take the car keys away from their parent who is no longer competent to safely drive, the decision to stop (driving, in this case) contributes directly to the opportunity to continue (living safely, in this case).

May we all discern carefully today in order to choose those paths which lead to continuity in the most positive ways.


  1. #1 by Hana Alisa Omer on May 4, 2010 - 1:55 pm

    Dear Rabbi Min,
    thank you very much for letting your explanation of the Omer Sfirot freely be read on the internet. It is quenching my thirst for the beauty of creativity & depth of Judaism. I am sorry that you didn’t continue more (yet). I live now in Prague in the Czech Republic (before lived in Jerusalem where I attended the Omer workshop with Rabbi Rut Kagan) and I think your new Jewish spirit is sorely needed here .
    thank you, Hanalisa

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