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Counting the Omer Day 44: Gevurah of Malchut

May 18, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 44: Gevurah of Malchut

Gevurah of Malchut. Discipline / judgment of sovereignty / leadership. Leaders often must be strong disciplinarians, but they also have to execute proper judgment, and be fair. My first “management job” was running a Taco Bell in Denver. Employees had been stealing money from the cash registers, and my predecessor was being moved into...
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Counting the Omer Day 43: Chesed of Malchut

May 17, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 43: Chesed of Malchut

Chesed of Malchut, lovingkindness of kingship/sovereignty. We now enter our last week of the counting of the Omer, and focus on our final personality trait, “malchut,” literally “kingdom.” The lowest of the sefirot in the kabbalistic conception of the Godhead, malchut also represents the level of the “shechinah,” the female aspect of the divine...
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Counting the Omer Day 41: Yesod of Yesod

May 15, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 41: Yesod of Yesod

Yesod is both the “foundation” on which our other traits are built, and bonding: it bonds together the sefirot above it. The connection is perhaps reflected in the expression that someone has “his act together.” Having your act together is a good foundation, a good basis for a healthy personality. Psychologists talk about the...
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Counting the Omer Day 40 – Hod of Yesod

May 14, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 40 – Hod of Yesod

Hod of Yesod – splendor/humility of foundation/bonding. Today is the 40th day of the counting of the omer. 40 days is a biblically interesting number. On the one hand it seems to be used just as a symbol for a moderately large number. On the other hand, it’s clearly associated with judgement and tests...
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Counting the Omer Day 39 – Netzach of Yesod

May 13, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 39 – Netzach of Yesod

Netzach of Yesod – “Endurance of Foundation / Bonding.” Do your bonds endure? All too often our bonds seem ephemeral, based on superficial traits or qualities. As Jimmy Cox put it in his jazz standard, “No one knows you when you’re down and out” (I like the Eric Clapton version): Once I lived the...
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Counting the Omer Day 36: Chesed of Yesod

May 10, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 36: Chesed of Yesod

Chesed of Yesod. Love in Bonding / Foundation. Yesod is the sefirah that collects everything from above – it joins them together, “bonds” them – and it is also the foundation. Connection and foundation are related. The foundation of a building ties all the pieces together. A building can’t stand with a weak foundation....
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