Day 23 of the Omer

Gevurah b’netzach
Boundaried strength within Endurance

Tonight (Sunday night) at sundown begins the day of gevurah, boundaried strength, within netzah, endurance.

Netzach is also sometimes translated as victory, sometimes as eternity, sometimes as fortitude. The power to overcome obstacles — especially obstacles which stand in the way of one’s desire to bestow goodness on the world — is netzach. Netzach is the long slog of the marathon; it is persistence and focus. And today is the day for the strength, the determination, and the good boundaries which enable us to pursue things with endurance.

Today we ask: how do I bring my strength, my fortitude, and my good boundaries to the work of building things which will endure when I am gone? What am I building in my life which I hope will endure, and how can I build those things — institutions, relationships, art, love — in a way which is strong?

This is the 23rd step toward Shavuot, toward Sinai, toward revelation.

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 twenty-three days, which are three weeks and three days of the Omer.


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