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May 22, 2014
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Counting the Omer — Day 37: Strength/Discernment (גבורה) within Foundation (יסוד)

Day 37 -- גבורה שביסוד (Strength/Discernment within Foundation) Building a firm foundation requires strength, whether it is a building or a personal relationship, a community or a spiritual practice. This kind of strength is not just muscle power. The difference between a long lasting rock wall and a pile of rubble is in the accurate selection and placement of stones and meticulous application of mortar. This is also true in our lives; using careful discernment we can build the foundation for a long lasting marriage, a robust congregation, or a sturdy organization (Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guidep.184).

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May 21, 2014
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Counting the Omer — Day 36: Lovingkindness (חסד) within Foundation (יסוד)

Day 36 -- חסד שביסוד (Lovingkindness within Foundation) In honor of Uncle Mark Einhorn, z"l

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May 20, 2014
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Counting the Omer — Day 35: Indwelling Presence (מלכות/שכינה( within Splendor (הוד)

Day 35 -- מלכות/שכינה שבהוד (Indwelling Presence within Splendor) The s’firah of Malkhut/Sh’khinah acknowledges that the best kind of sovereignty, the noblest stewardship, arises from recognizing the Divine Presence within all creation. As this s’firah influences Hod, we recognize holiness within ll life’s complexity, and see each minuscule part as part of a larger harmonious whole. We are just a small part of this undivided totality, remaining alive only because each breath of life is a personal gift (Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide, p.174).

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May 19, 2014
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May 18, 2014
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Counting the Omer — Day 33: Splendor (הוד) within Splendor (הוד)

Day 33 (Lag Ba-Omer!) -- הוד שבהוד (Splendor within Splendor) Hod sheb’Hod asks us to recognize the myriad splendors of the world around us…the splendor within the splendor. In his book Lights of Holiness, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook says: “The whole is constituted of numberless particulars, particular individuals and particular communities. The whole cannot achieve its highest fulfillment except through the perfection of its particular individuals, and the particular communities, whether large or small, of which it is constituted.” Hod sheb’Hod mirrors the splendor of creation, the unfolding mystery of electrons within atoms within molecules within chemicals within cells within heart muscles. We wonder at the mystery of why planes fly and whether dogs have a sense of humor. we speculate about the nature of fire, the miracles of[...]

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May 16, 2014
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Day 31 — Harmony (תפארת) within Splendor (הוד)

"Picture yourself sitting in a warm room, looking out at a spectacular snowfall. As the flakes land on the window in front of you, imagine they are moving in time to their own rhythm, a choreographed sprinkling of light and ice, dancing to the musical score of that particular storm. Each individual snowflake is unique, a variation on a symmetrical structure of simple chemical composition of oxygen and hydrogen: H2O. Yet it is the multitude of individual small bits of beauty that are necessary to produce overall splendor. This is one way to think of how Tiferet operates within Hod"  (Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide, p. 160). For other days of the Omer, Omer Online Learning

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May 15, 2014
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Counting the Omer — Day 30: Discernment/Strength (גבורה) within Splendor (הוד)

“Maturity and acceptance are connected with the theme of this thirtieth day of the Omer, G’vurah sheb’Hod. We use discernment to understand and accept how the world really works, the underlying configuration of the universe. We assess our options when evaluating alternatives from among many choices. Informed choice is important whether we are choosing a career or ordering off a comprehensive menu at the kosher deli. In each case, whether momentous or minor, we appreciate the opportunity we have to choose from many splendid options. As spiritual seekers, we may be attracted to a variety of spiritual paths and practices throughout our lives. We may find a certain text full of answers at one life stage when, earlier, it seemed obscure or[...]

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May 14, 2014
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Counting the Omer — Day 29: Lovingkindness (חסד) within Splendor (הוד)

"Hesed sheb’Hod magnifies details of love. In her famous poem, Elizabeth Barrett Browning asks: “How do I love Thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.” God’s lovingkindness is evident in the myriad blessings in our lives. We pay attention to the intimate details of blessing’s flow today: the pulse inout veins, a child’s giggles, the changing light of a flickering Havdalah candle, the wings of a butterfly in the sunlight, distinctive spices in a tasty meal, subtle variations in our lovers’ glances or the differing pitches in the sound of a babbling stream" (Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide, p154). For other days of the Omer, Omer Online Learning
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May 13, 2014
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Counting the Omer — Day 28: Indwelling Presence (מלכות/שכינה) within Endurance (נצח)

Day 28 -- מלכות/שכינה שבנצח: Indwelling Presence within Endurance Midrash Exodus Rabbah states: Tehre is no place where the Divine Presence is not.” Traditional prayer echoes this idea: “The whole world is filled with God’s glory.” To some people, God is always present and always available. Others wait in anticipation, as the Song of Songs says: Kol Dodi Hinei Zeh Bah (The voice of my Beloved, here it comes). Perhaps these are really the same idea, as Divine Energy is constant and yet always arriving (Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guidep.146).

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May 12, 2014
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