Day 16 of the Omer

Gevurah b’Tiferet
boundaried strength within compassion and balance

Today is the day of gevurah, boundaried strength, within the week of tiferet, balance and harmony.

How can you bring good boundaries, and all the strength of your spirit and character, to the work of creating a life which is filled with compassion, balance, and harmony?

Rabbi Simon Jacobson, in his guide for Counting the Omer, challenges us today to “express your compassion in a focused and constructive manner by addressing someone’s specific needs.” How might you do that today?

Tiferet can also be translated as beauty. Balance between love and boundary, between kindness and strength, is beautiful. This week I ask myself: how can I manifest beautiful balance in my life?

In classical kabbalah, one name for the sefirah of tiferet is middat harachamim, “the attribute of mercy.” This week I ask myself: how does being in-balance lead me to be merciful toward myself and toward others?

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 sixteen days, which are two weeks and two days, of the Omer!


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