Hod

Day 47, June 1: The Hod in Malkhut

For the 47th day of the Omer, we examine the Hod in Malkhut. For this, I want to return to Gavriel Goldfeder’s interesting reading of Hod as being related to hoda’ah (gratitude/modesty/humility) and Malchut as sovereignty/majesty. blogEntryTopper Read More...
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Day 40, May 25: The Hod in Yesod

Jewish tradition provides a blessing for nearly every human experience. There are birkot ha-nehenin, blessings of enjoyment, for occasions when we partake of the delights of the senses. There are birkot mitzvah, for when we perform a sacred, Jewish act, such as lighting Shabbat candles. And there are birkot hoda'ah, for expressing gratitude for our blessings.

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Day 34, May 19: The Yesod in Hod

Rabbi Yacov Haber has an interesting take on today'a combination of Sefirot, Foundation (Yesod) in Beauty (Hod).


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Day 33, May 18: The Hod in Hod

Another "double Sefirah" for Day 33: the Hod in Hod. We'll get to this in a moment, but first...

Traditional Jews observe a number of semi-mourning customs during most of the counting of the Omer: no haircuts or trimming of beards, no weddings or other parties, no music. This is said to commemorate a number of tragic events (pogroms and massacres) that occurred throughout history on these days. Hence, the semi-mourning practices.
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Day 32, May 17: The Netzach in Hod

A few years ago, here in Austin, I saw a piece of advertising for a local yoga studio that was so unintentionally funny that it made me chuckle out loud. Underneath a photo of a rather “buffed up” individual in a spandex yoga outfit, the caption read, “I've made faster progress in my yoga practice at GruntNSweat Yoga than I ever did at my old yoga studio!" As if the fastest possible "progress" - rather than learning to pay attention, in each moment, to one’s body - were the point of yoga!

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Day 31, May 16: The Tiferet in Hod

Our combination of Sefirot today, on this 31st day of counting, is the Tiferet in Hod, the inner balance in beauty/multiplicity. How might we understand this?

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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 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 19, May 4: The Hod in Tiferet

Tomorrow, May 4, 2014, will be the 19th day of the Counting of the Omer. But before we get to talking about the themes for the day, let's spend a moment catching up with some of the things that we missed while I was away.

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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 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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