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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 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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