gevurah shebbe yesod 5779
by Tzvi Schnee
Today is the thirty-seventh day, five weeks and two days of the counting of the Omer. Gevurah is strictness, severity and restraint. These qualities are present within the building of a foundation.
Disclaimer: Although I do not consider myself an authority in regard to the middot and the various combinations focused upon during the forty-nine days of the counting of the Omer; I simply aspire to understand how best to apply each day’s combination in a practical manner. Therefore, I would encourage you to do the same, or at least take what may be of benefit to you, from the words that I have written.
This time period, between Passover and Shavuot is a time of introspection, based on the middot, in an attempt to improve oneself, i.e., to refine one’s character. If this appeals to you, please, feel free to read on. In my feeble attempts to share my thoughts on the subject at hand, some value may be found in my words. There are certain renown authorities on the sefirot (middot), especially in relation to the Omer count. I do not pretend to be an authority on this subject at all. I, myself, attempt to learn what I can from these authorities. The period of the Omer should be utilized by searching for personal directives in regard to the middot (character traits). My intention is to search for understanding within the framework of the middot, and in so doing, to share my findings with others. A reminder, this is a personal blog.
With that in mind in building a “foundation,” a belief and practice in my life, I have found that restraint is necessary in respect to placing a limit on my inquiries. To go too far “outside the box,” so to speak would diminish, if not ultimately dissolve my belief and practice. I was influenced over twenty years ago by Eastern traditions. I remember that the Dalai Lama wrote that if you are to have a religious belief, practice one religion. The wisdom of this approach reflects the focus needed to fully comprehend the teachings within any inherent structure. To build on one foundation, and continue within that tradition may reap great benefits for the soul.