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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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Counting the Omer Day 15: Chesed of Tiferet

April 19, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 15: Chesed of Tiferet

The personality trait we focus on during this third week of the counting of the Omer is tiferet. Tiferet literally is “beauty,” but it’s about a lot more than beauty. Tiferet is fundamentally about compassion and balance. Tiferet represents the balance between chesed (love) and gevurah (strength/discipline/judgment). Tiferet is also associated with truth. There...
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Counting the Omer Day 14: Malchut of Gevurah

April 17, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 14: Malchut of Gevurah

The lowest sefirah, malchut, represents “sovereignty” or leadership, but also “actualization.” Malchut is the intersection between the higher worlds and the every day world. It’s the place where thought gets translated into action. How does your gevurah, your strength/discipline/judgment manifest itself? Are you able to apply this powerful trait for the benefit of the...
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Counting the Omer Day 13: Yesod of Gevurah

April 17, 2015
Counting the Omer Day 13: Yesod of Gevurah

Today’s aspect of this week’s trait, gevurah (strength/discipline/judgment) is yesod, which represents both foundation, as it’s at the base of the other sefirot, and bonding, as it pulls the other sefirot together. What’s the foundation for your discipline? Is it based on awareness of all the principles we’ve explored earlier this week? Is it...
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