Boundaried strength within Sovereignty
Today is the day of gevurah, strength and boundaries, within the week of malkhut, sovereignty.
Malkhut is associated with oral Torah — the aspect of Torah which is spoken rather than written, interactive rather than static. This is a week to ask, how does my speech manifest God’s kingdom on earth? Do I use words wisely and well in a way which helps me to serve something greater than myself?
In the last line of the Aleinu prayer, which Jews recite at the end of every worship service, we pray for the day when we will see God’s presence permeate creation, l’taken olam b’malkhut shaddai, to heal the world with God’s sovereignty. Malkhut is what we experience when we experience God’s greatness reverberating and emanating from within creation itself.
And in order for that greatness to be able to reverberate, it needs good boundaries. God needs good boundaries to contain God’s strength. We need good boundaries in order to live good lives.
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 forty-four days, which are six weeks and two days, of the Omer!