Day 10

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Today is the tenth day of the omer, which is one week and three days. It corresponds to the sefirah of tiferet in gevurah, of beauty in discipline/strength. Lev’s Meditation A garden in the middle of the fortified castle. Beauty within Strength. Within the Strength of Gevurah is a place of balance and peace and even rest. And ten is the entire Tree of Life, the Days of Teshuva (return), and Ten Utterances (commandments), and ten lost tribes, there are ten plagues, and how often am I able to retreat to a place of rest-peace-equalibrium, so I can focus my love on those close to me?

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Day 5

I forgot to write this introduction to the counting of the Omer. The omer counting is a period of self reflection different than other times of year. It helps develop discipline, which is needed for a spiritual life. Just as the Jews went through a period of growth and self-knowledge after they marched from bondage and slavery into freedom, we have the chance each year to also experience that personal growth. We prepare for Matan Torah, the giving of the torah on Shavuot. Can you imagine how much better I do when I prepare for something, than when I try to wing it? Yes, I can go into Shavuot on a limb, and it will still be a high. But I am fooling myself if I think that 7 weeks of preparation won’t help bring the whole thing so much higher, and connect me to the meaning of the holydays, and the revelation at Mt. Sinai.

5sign2.jpgToday is the fifth day of the omer corresponding to the sefira of hod within chesed, or humility within lovingkindness, which is also order in grace. Distinguishing from one kind of love and another, as opposed to being cynical at all love, realizing that there is so much love available, and that I have so much love to give.

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Liberation from Hunger

Rav Kook said that Passover and the Exodus from Egypt brought the power of liberation to the entire world.

Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger Worldwide
Jewish World Watch: Helping Darfur Refugees
Be’er Sova: Ending hunger in Be’er Sheva
Meir Panim: Soup Kitchens in Israel

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