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Counting the Omer Day 20: Yesod of Tiferet

April 24, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 20: Yesod of Tiferet

Yesod is the foundation, the base a building rests on, and it’s also bonding, the joining together of the traits above. As we come close to the end of our week of exploring tiferet, compassion/beauty/balance, we consider the foundation. Compassion can be based on many different things. Some religious people are compassionate because they...
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Counting the Omer Day 19: Hod of Tiferet

April 23, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 19: Hod of Tiferet

Hod of Tiferet. Humility of Compassion. People involved in the non-profit world know that it’s much easier to raise money for buildings than for operating expenses. Wealthy people often love to put their name on tangible objects. They express compassion by giving money to build a new wing in a hospital, but it’s not...
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Counting the Omer Day 18: Netzach of Tiferet

April 22, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 18: Netzach of Tiferet

The aspect of tiferet, compassion, balance, that we explore today is netzach, which is endurance. It’s easy to be compassionate in a short burst. You can see something that arouses your compassion, do something to help, whether it’s write a check or drop a coin in a box, or provide some physical assistance. Sometimes...
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Counting the Omer Day 17: Tiferet of Tiferet

April 21, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 17: Tiferet of Tiferet

Tiferet is balance, beauty, compassion. So today, tiferet of tiferet, is an exploration of the essence of compassion. Ideally our compassion extends to all living creatures. We are taught that the ideal in Judaism is to be a vegetarian; the permission to eat meat at all is a compromise because an animal had to...
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Women of the Wall, Fighting for the Torah

April 20, 2015
Women of the Wall, Fighting for the Torah

When we made aliyah (moved to Israel) eight years ago, I wasn’t expecting to be involved in a civil rights battle. Human rights yes, but civil rights? It’s greatly ironic, but I find myself in Israel fighting for religious freedom – for Jews of all things. It is indeed a crazy world we live...
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Counting the Omer Day 16: Gevurah of Tiferet

April 19, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 16: Gevurah of Tiferet

This week’s trait, Tiferet, is primarily about compassion: the balance between the expansive lovingkindness of chesed and the contracting discipline/judgment of gevurah. Today we look at the gevurah aspect of tiferet. Gevurah is about applying judgment. Compassion is not necessarily “blind” or equal to everyone. Rambam teaches that there are different levels of giving,...
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