Malkhut

Day 49, June 3: The Malkhut in Malkhut

Here we are, the final day of the Omer!

First, I want to thank all of you who have participated in omerblog these past seven weeks! I have loved reading your comments and feel very grateful to be part of such a thoughtful, insightful and committed community. And to those of you who have read the blog but not posted, I really do hope that you, as well, have found this experience to be enriching and rewarding.
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Day 48, June 2: The Yesod in Malkhut

Okay: this 48th day of the Omer also happens to be my (Gregorian calendar) wedding anniversary. Happy

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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 46, May 31: The Netzach in Malkhut

Years ago, I performed a wedding for a remarkable, young couple. Out of respect for their privacy, I will leave out any overtly identifiable elements to their story. But I will say that in many respects, their wedding day reminded me of the reality of Netzach: not only in the sense of Persistence/Endurance in which we've been using it here, but also in the sense of its related, Hebrew word, nitzachon, or "victory."
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Day 45, May 30: The Tiferet in Malkhut

A day to revisit, one last time, the Inner Balance which is Tiferet.

How do we encounter Inner Balance and Harmony in the world that is manifested to us?
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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 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 42, May 27: The Malkhut in Yesod

In the kabbalistic system, another understanding of Malchut, majesty/sovereignty, is its flip side, Shechinah, the feminine, indwelling presence of God.

Once, years ago in Torah Study at Congregation Beth Israel, I asked the attendees that morning how many of them had ever experienced a sense of the Divine Presence. Many hands went up. I then asked how many had experienced this in a synagogue setting, and most of the hands lowered back down! (Quite a bucket of ice water in the face for any rabbi.)

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Day 35, May 20: The Malkhut in Hod

Day 35, five weeks into the Omer and counting... the Malkhut in Hod.

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Day 28, May 13: The Malkhut in Netzach

Amazing: this is the last day of Netzach’s week - Day 28 of the Omer. Today we contemplate and seek to embody the Malkhut in Netzach.

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Day 21, May 6: The Malkhut in Tiferet

So here we are: standing on the threshold of the last day of Omer Week 3 - the 21st day, Malkhut in Tiferet.blogEntryTopper Read More...
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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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