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April 18, 2014
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Counting the Omer — Day 3: Balance (תפארת) within Lovingkindness (חסד)

"Knowing the right amount of love to give can be like the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. Sometimes we give open hearted love and can feel overwhelmed, sometimes we give "tough love" and can feel callous, but when we have the right balance of opening our heart out of love and creating boundaries out of love, then our love can feel just right (ORIGINAL)" For other days of the Omer, please click here  

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April 17, 2014
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DAY 656: To Count and Not To Count

(4/17/14) Human beings love to count. Whether we are counting sheep in our sleep or attendees at services, there is something built into our DNA that enjoys the act of counting. It soothes us and it gives us a sense of accomplishment, especially when we reach a desired number at the end of our counting. Yet, Judaism teaches us that while counting is an inevitable part of life, we must also be wary of the dangers of putting too much stock in numbers.   As the Magen Avraham, a 17th century Polish commentator on the Shulkhan Arukh, writes in one of his long comments on Orah Hayyim (156:2), it is forbidden to count Jews: אסור למנות ישראל אפילו אינו מכוון למנות רק להטיל גורל אפילו[...]

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Counting the Omer — Day 2: Discernment (גבורה) within Lovingkindness (חסד)

"Just as too much water can drown a plant, and too little can parch it, the precise irrigation that an observant gardener provides can nurture strong plants without wasting water. Similarly, Gevurah, careful discernment, can fine-tune the flow of Hesed, aiming it for clarity, shape, and effectiveness. Hesed alone would be like drowning in spiritual chicken soup. Instead, the soup needs to be carefully ladled out, into manageable portions (Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide, p.42)" For other days of the Omer, please click here  

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April 16, 2014
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Counting the Omer: Day 1 — Lovingkindness (חסד) in Lovingkindness (חסד)

Today, Hesed Sheb'Hesed, is like an overflowing fountain of lovingkindness. Like a stream of water slowly dissolves hard rock, the flow of love slowly transforms obstacles into warm sands of acceptance (Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide, p.39)     // Post by Congregation Beth Mordecai.   For other days of the Omer, please click here

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