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Counting the Omer Day Four: Netzach of Chesed

April 8, 2015
Counting the Omer Day Four: Netzach of Chesed

This week is all about chesed, love. Today’s aspect of chesed that we focus on is netzach. Netzach is “enduring.” The term “netzach netzachim” is used in the liturgy to mean “forever and ever.” Does your love have staying power, or do you quickly fall in and out of love? Every relationship – not...
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Counting the Omer Day Three: Tiferet of Chesed

April 6, 2015
Counting the Omer Day Three: Tiferet of Chesed

Day Three: Tiferet of Chesed This entire week is focused on “chesed,” love. Today, the third day of the omer, we consider the aspect of  “tiferet” in our love. Tiferet, beauty, is also about harmony and balance. Tiferet is the ideal combination of chesed (love) on the one side and gevurah (strength or judgment)...
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Counting the Omer Day Two: Gevurah of Chesed

April 5, 2015
Counting the Omer Day Two: Gevurah of Chesed

Day Two: Gevurah of Chesed Chesed, the trait of the week is love. Today the aspect of love we consider is gevurah, which is “strength,” but also understood as judgment, restriction, discipline. In the creation of the world the expansive force of chesed, love, needed to be balanced, restrained, by gevurah. The Talmud teaches...
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Counting the Omer Day 1: Chesed of Chesed

April 5, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 1: Chesed of Chesed

Week One: Chesed Chesed – literally lovingkindness – is the expansive force in the world. It is the light and the positive. It is love, compassion, caring, nurturing. Love is the most powerful force in the world, and it takes many forms. Romantic love, the love of parents for children and vice verse; the...
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Kabbalah and the Counting of the Omer

April 5, 2015
Kabbalah and the Counting of the Omer

Today is the first day of the Counting of the Omer, the period between Passover and Shavuot. An omer is literally a sheaf of grain. The Jewish calendar fixes the holiday of Shavuot (also known as the “Feast of Weeks” or Pentecost to Christians) as 50 days after Passover. The holiday of Shavuot is...
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Don’t be Pharaoh

April 3, 2015
Don’t be Pharaoh

First published by the Jerusalem Post on April 3, 2015. This week Jews all over the world celebrate Passover — the celebration of our liberation from oppression in Egypt. One of the central messages of the holiday is, “don’t become an oppressor yourself.” The Torah commands us, “do not wrong or oppress the stranger,...
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