April 2014

Day 13, April 28: The Yesod in Gevurah

Yesod literally means "Foundation." It is also associated with sexuality. And Gevurah, in some readings of the Sefirot, is associated with discernment (not a far cry from how we’ve been reading it until now: restraint).
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Day 12, April 27: The Hod in Gevurah

First of all, Shavu’a Tov! I hope you had a good Shabbat!
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Day 11, April 26: The Netzach in Gevurah

Sometimes, I will be talking to the parent of a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah student who is struggling to maintain his or her spirits over the long haul of learning all of the Hebrew necessary to lead the service and read from the Torah and Haftarah on the Shabbat morning of their celebration. blogEntryTopper Read More...
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Day 10, April 25: The Tiferet in Gevurah

I enjoy having a smart phone, but sometimes I think it is incredibly enslaving! I'm talking about "the tyranny of over-connectedness" and the constant interruption and distraction that our availability to others – via text, email, Facebook and so forth – has created. And yet…blogEntryTopper Read More...
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Day 9, April 24: The Gevurah in Gevurah

First, I want to sincerely thank all of you who have been participating in omerblog up to this point. This project has turned out to be much more of a gift to me, personally, than I ever would have imagined. It's especially provided an opportunity for me to learn so much more about the practices that we have been discussing here. Also, my apologies for this post being a bit late!
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Day 8, April 23: The Hesed in Gevurah

Today we reach a milestone in our counting of the Omer. For one thing, we shift from moving through the inner qualities of Hesed, to moving through the inner qualities of Gevurah.

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Day 7, April 22: The Malkut in Hesed

Malchut literally means “kingship” or “majesty,” from the Hebrew root mem-lamed-khaf. It thus denotes power or ability. And so we stand on the threshold of the 7th day of counting: Malkhut she’b’Hesed. So how is power wedded to loving kindness?

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Day 6, April 21: The Yesod in Hesed

Yesod is the "lowest" of the Sefirot, that is to say, the most earthly and closest to us. Arthur Green understands it as "the foundation, including sexual energy." Rabbi Simon Jacobson (Lubavitch) understands it to mean "bonding."
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Day 5, April 20: The Hod in Hesed

I stumbled upon a very interesting web site while putting this web site together...


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Day 4, April 19: The Netzach in Hesed

Today we contemplate the endurance of love over time...

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Day 3, April 18: The Tiferet in Hesed

How do you know when to push? How do you know when to "let go and let God," as the 12-Step Traditions teach?blogEntryTopper Read More...
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Day 2 Addendum: New Resources!

New Web Site Resources Posted!

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Day 2, April 17: The Gevurah in Hesed

On day 2 of the counting of the Omer, we consider the "Gevurah" aspect of Hesed. What does this mean?
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Day 1, April 16: The Hesed In Hesed

Omer Day 1: The Hesed In Hesed - April 16 - Cultivating pure, expansive loving kindness.blogEntryTopper Read More...
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Can you count to "1040"?

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Tell us about your Seder!

So let’s hear about your Seder experiences. What kind of Seder did you grow up with? Or if you didn’t grow up Jewish, what are some of your most memorable Seder experiences as an adult? What questions do you have about the Passover Seder?
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