Endurance within Splendor/Humility
Tonight (Tuesday night) at sundown, we begin the day of endurance within splendid humility / humble splendor.
In classical kabbalah, netzach and hod are considered to be deeply linked. They’re often referred to as “two halves of a single body.” When the sefirot are mapped onto a diagram of the human body, netzach and hod represent the right and left legs — each powerful, each needing the other in order to propel us forward.
How are endurance and humility (or endurance and splendor) balanced in your life?
In her Omer book, Rabbi Min Kantrowitz writes:
Netzach she b’Hod reminds us to use the enduring energy of Netzach to overcome obstacles. W pair determination with organizational clarity, balancing diligence with categorization and order. When we allow perseverance to influence outcomes, we can produce splendid variety. Think of the botanist developing a disease-resistant type of tomato plant; consider the zoologist working to save an endangered species by developing a careful breeding program; and reflect on the architect, drawing sketch after sketch when designing a building.
She also adds:
Remember that seed you planted on the first day of counting the Omer. Since you have been tending it carefully, continuously since then, with Netzach energy of persistence, pause now and examine the changes that have occurred since you planted it. Netzach has been influencing its development into whatever kind of splendor it now exhibits!
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 thirty-two days, which are four weeks and four days, of the Omer!