Hesed

Day 43, May 28: The Hesed in Malkhut

Malchut//Shechinah, the Sefirah-basis of this final week (!) of the Counting of the Omer, is Indwelling Presence, the Presence that can be known and sensed by us on this earth, in this life.

This day of Lovingkindness in Presence suggests that we may experience God as a loving, accompanying Helper.
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Day 36, May 21: The Hesed in Yesod

As we embark upon the week of Yesod, we might do well to learn more about what this Sefirah is about. After all, Lovingkindness, Sovereignty/Majesty, Splendor, Endurance/Eternity and so on, are all abstractions, but they are easy to understand through concrete examples. But "foundation?" What's that supposed to mean? Winking
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Day 29, May 14: The Hesed in Hod

We now turn our attention to another one of the Sefirot: Hod. Again, in trying to interpret today's combination of Sefirot, we come up against not only the difficulty of translating the terminology, but also of trying to tease out the subtleties of the Kabbalistic system.
On its most basic level, Hod is “beauty.” Rabbi Jacobson understands it to be “humility,” based upon the idea that Hod looks as if it comes from the same Hebrew root stem as "hoda'ah," gratitude. Although I'm certainly no expert in the Kabbalistic system, this reading seems to me to be a bit of a stretch, or perhaps, more charitably, a midrash. Happy

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Day 22, May 7: The Hesed in Netzach

It is difficult to believe, once again, that we are entering a new week of the Omer count this evening of May 6th - Week 4!blogEntryTopper Read More...
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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

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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, 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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