Gevurah

Day 44, May 29: The Gevurah in Malkhut

The 44th day of the Omer once again brings us back to our old friend, Gevurah/Restraint/Discernment. What is the discernment/restraint in Presence?

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Day 37, May 22: The Gevurah in Yesod

It seems that new books on the spiritual meanings of counting the Omer are coming out these days at a pretty healthy clip. My own library currently contains no fewer than eight of them! Each author takes a different approach, understanding the combinations in differing ways. I’m finding it interesting to compare the different approaches.

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Day 30, May 15: The Gevurah in Hod

Someone once told me that the essence of childhood and adolescence is a sense of endless possibility. Life seems like a smorgasbord of infinite choices without constraint. As we mature, we gain a sense of limits: the limitations of time, energy, and even (or perhaps especially) the limits of our own physicality and mortality. We learn (perhaps with a mixture of sadness and relief) that our choices are sometimes mutually exclusive, that in many instances making one choice precludes another. We choose a life partner to the exclusion of others. We choose to live in a particular city, and we accept its strengths and limitations. We learn, as a revered seminary teacher of mine, Rabbi Jerome Malino of blessed memory, used to like to say, that "every situation includes the advantages of its deficiencies and the deficiencies of its advantages."

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Day 23, May 8: The Gevurah in Netzach

Hello, Everyone,
First of all, I wanted to tell you about a cool, little, technical feature of the "Disqus" blog commenting system that omerblog uses.
When you respond to someone else's post, you can set things up so that the person to whom you have responded will receive an e-mail notifying them of that fact. It's pretty easy to do.
Just type an “@” followed immediately by the person's username. (You can tell that you did it correctly because it will highlight in gray.) That's all there is to it. And once you have actually put up your post, you and others can click on the person's highlighted name and a pop-up window will appear showing you all of their activities on omerblog. Pretty spiffy, don't you think? Happy
Now, on to weightier matters…

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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 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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