Sovereignty within Boundaried Strength
This is the day of sovereignty or divine presence within discipline. Today is the last day of the week of gevurah, the day when we may hope that our disciplines and our practices make divine presence more palpable and more real for us.
This is the fourteenth step toward Shavuot, toward revelation, toward Sinai.
Today I’m offering a poem by rabbinic student Shifrah Tobacman:
Malkhut b’Gevurah / Divine Presence within Discipline
Today could be a day
to pray with your feet.
What are you doing today?
What blessing would you like
for today’s activities?
Whether you are doing something
small or large,
private or public,
alone or with others,
what do you need
to be fully present in this moment
to the life you are living
and the world in which you live?
Offer yourself a blessing
and step through the 14th gate.
— Shifrah Tobacman
(Poem can be found in Omer Teshuvah: 49 Poetic Meditations for Counting the Omer, by Shifrah Tobacman, edited by R’ Rachel Barenblat)
As I count the Omer, let my counting create a tikkun, a healing, between transcendence and immanence, God far above and God deep within.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ רוּחַ הַעולָם, אָשֶר קִדשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ אַל סְפִירַת הַעמֶר.
Baruch atah, Adonai, eloheinu ruach ha’olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, breath of life, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer.
Today is 14 days, which are two weeks, of the Omer!