yesod shebbe hod 5779
by Tzvi Schnee
Today is thirty-four days, four weeks and six days of the counting of the Omer. The emotional correspondent of the attribute of “yesod,” representing foundation, is peacefulness. Yesod has to do with completeness, for example, building a foundation that will last. This is understood most clearly, in regard to the Hebrew word, “shalom,” meaning peace; yet, the root meaning of “shalom” is “whole.” Therefore, yesod also has to do with a sense of wholeness, as experienced by an individual.
The middot (character traits) are best understood in relationship to the soul. For example, what would bring a person to a sense of “wholeness? For each individual, the answer may vary; however, I have heard from different sources, as well as the personal “testimony,” so to speak, of others, that only G-d can fill the void in each individual’s life. The statement seems absolute in it’s simplicity. How may this be understood? By way of my personal insight on this question, I make no pretense at claiming to have any answer that could be deemed universal. I only know for myself, that in aligning myself with an attempt to live a righteous life, according to G-d’s commandments, I have placed myself on the derech (path) that leads to wholeness.
Yesod also denotes truth. In consideration of the truth within humility, it could be said that the foundation within humility needs to rest on truth. In light of my own personal comprehension, truth has the strength to keep me humble. In other words, the source of my humility is my reliance on of the truth of G-d, in terms of my belief in His existence, as well as the authority of His word.