Yesod

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 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 41, May 26: The Yesod in Yesod

Somehow, I always get a kick out of these "The X in X" days! What is the Foundation in Foundation? What is the "Yesodiest" quality there is?
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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 39, May 24: The Netzach in Yesod

Day 39 of the Omer today (Shabbat)... hard to believe that in 11 days we'll be at Shavu'ot itself.

Our language and psyches often embrace the pervasive metaphor of life as a journey. We dip into the metaphor so often that we don't even realize it; it is embedded in so many common expressions: "I'm at a crossroads." "I've reached a milestone." "I don't know which way to turn." "I'm off the beaten path." "It's time for a course correction."

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Day 38, May 23: The Tiferet in Yesod

One of the great joys of Jewish religious life and culture is having the opportunity to study texts together. It’s not just an academic learning experience or an intellectual exercise. It is also an act of worship/reverence and a deeply authentic community-building experience. Studying our texts links us to each other, to divinity, and to Jews of generations past, who puzzled over the same texts as those we explore today.
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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 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 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 27, May 12 The Yesod in Netzach

What is the "The Foundation in Endurance?"

We have already explored this week of the Omer how inner balance (Tiferet) and lovingkindness (Hesed) might play their role in endurance/eternity. What about Foundation (Yesod)?

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Day 20, May 5: The Yesod in Tiferet

Referring to the diagram, you'll see that, taking the "Yesod in Tiferet" as endpoints of a line, this combination of Sefirot defines the midline of the body, from the pelvis/genitals to the heart.

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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 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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