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Day 12 Counting of the Omer 2013 Hod she b’Gevurah

Splendor within Discernment

Holocaust Remembrance Day

As we remember the splendor that has been lost along with those millions of lives, the knowledge and memories gone with those who perished, we commit ourselves to fighting injustice and prejudice.  Prejudice is built on overgeneralization, the opposite of true discerning.  One way to describe Hod is as splendid diversity — certainly it was a splendid diversity of children, women and men who died in the Holocaust.  As we remember them today, we are grateful for their lives, their legacies and their leadership.

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Day 5 of Omer Counting 2013 Hod she b’Chesed

Day 5 of the Counting of the Omer 2013
Hod she b’Chesed
Splendor within Lovingkindness

Of the many interpretations of Hod, the one that most resonates is splendor — the amazing variety of everything in creation. Today we focus on diversity within lovingkindness…the many ways love is expressed in the world. The current discussions about the definition of marriage reflect the fact loving relationships are heterogeneous. It was not too many years ago that marriage between two people of different races was illegal; now it is not. Families built by adoption were rare, but families created through surrogacy were just a dream. When we recognize the many ways endless compassion and caring are manifest in the world, we open ourselves even more in the journey toward revelation in which we are engaged this Omer season.

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DAY 18,19,20: Netzach, Hod and Yesod she b’Tiferet!!!

Two day silent retreat….so the blog was also silent. Many wonderful practices learned and practiced with the other 35 people at the retreat led by Rabbi Jeff Roth. Netzach and Hod were perfect days for retreat…to keep going and going and going, keep coming back to awareness as a way toward balance…followed by increasing awareness of the intricate and amazing interconnectedness among all things, keeping the dynamic equilibrium of the cosmos going….whew! Now, tonight, we move into Yesod…the foundation structure which ’sits’ right under Tiferet…a straight line of connection. Reminding me that heart-ful, compassionate acts in the world must have a clearly defined basis. While RAKS (‘random acts of kindness’) are nice, it’s only focused ones that accumulate toward real change.

Coming out of silence is fascinating…a combination of wanting to talk out of pent-up ideas spilling out matched with a longing for that sweet silence to continue. Having this retreat during the week of Tiferet was perfect timing (of course…it’s ALL perfect timing…it’s just that we don’t always notice that fact!)

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DAY 12: Hod she b’Gevurah

After a keep on goin’, keep on goin’ day full of sunshine and mild breezes and appreciation of the amazing process by which the lovely flowers on my pear tree will, B”H, develop into pears!

Hod she b’Gevurah is one of my favorites: a day which always calls me to be more aware of the details in nature than usual. As the sun was setting into this day, there were pink streaks in the clouds, no, maybe they were blue or purple, or that ’sky-blue-pink’ that is so hard to describe. I plan to spend part of tonight/tomorrow contemplating some of the many various parts of my personal history which help me make good judgments now, well into my adulthood. Hod, as amazing variety and detail…..infusing my ability to discern. There are so many choices in life…yet so many of us often see only black or white, left or right, right or wrong….today is a day for going beyond the shades of gray…into the rainbow.

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DAY 5: Splendor within Lovingkindness

During the Netzach Shabbat which just went out, I was amazed at how often the word “netzach” appears in the Shabbat liturgy! Netzach netzachim! We did a brief meditation before Pesukei d’Zimra about how persistance over time has helped us keep the lovingkindess in Shabbat.

Now, on to Hod, which I envision as the splendidness of multiplicity, of complexity, of variety. Think of it as, in a way, Gevurah (boundaries) under an electron microscope. We can perceive amazing details, discern fantastic differentiations at the level of Hod. The path from Hod to Chesed goes through Tiferet, reminding us that awareness of splendor, infused with beauty informs and enhances the expression of lovingkindness. We can encounter many varieties of Chesed each day; today, the fifth day of the Omer, we focus on being aware of them.

Shavua tov!

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