Day 7, April 22: The Malkut in Hesed
“Well, that’s really mystical and trippy and all,” I hear you say. “But what’s the take-away for our Omer practice?”
An effective king has power throughout their realm and can get things done. (With a shout-out to Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the king says, “Make it so,” and it is.) I like the idea that Malchut/Shekhinah represents pervasiveness or omnipresence, so that the 7th day of the Omer can be an opportunity to see how our love and connectedness function in every relationship in our lives. Gavriel Goldfeder expresses it like this:
He aptly points out that with some people, manifesting Hesed will be easier than with others, so this day of the Omer is a chance to work with that.
[...] The ideal of Malchut is a sovereign whose will is manifest without obstacle in all corners of the kingdom. There are no obstacles between will and expression. If I can bring Hesed to all the relationships that constitute my world, I have established Malkhut of Hesed.”
Practice: Try seeing the humanity of someone you’re not close with, perhaps even someone you find difficult. How does that feel?
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Rabbi Steve Folberg