tiferes shebbe yesod 5779
by Tzvi Schnee
Today is the thirty-eighth day, five weeks and three days of the Omer.
Tiferes, representing harmony, is found within (shebbe) yesod (foundation). The foundational truths of our lives must have a harmonious flavor to them, so to speak, for the sake of a consistent world view. Dichotomy within one’s viewpoints will only lead to double-mindedness. If there are what appear to be contradictions within a system of belief, these must be resolved within that system. Sometimes scripture appears to contradict its own tenets; yet, often when delving below the surface of a literal understanding, these concerns are resolved.
Case in point, “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” was never meant to be taken literally. The phrase indicates the well known, established practice of “compensation.” That a person is compensated for his loss, whether physical (bodily) or material (possessions) through a monetary recompense. In fact, there has never been a recorded case within Judaism of such a barbaric rendering of the commandment. To act upon the commandment in a literal manner would constitute a transgression against other commandments. G-d forbid.
In my own life, I attempt to build my foundation – a consistent worldview – on the truths found in my religious belief. My practice needs to be consistent with my belief; otherwise, I would be walking upon the path in an insincere manner. Furthermore, my interactions with others need to reflect, as much as possible, the qualities of character, such as kindness and compassion that my worldview promotes. If not, then I need to reconcile myself to my beliefs; ultimately, I need to reconcile myself to G-d.
disclaimer – I do not claim to be an authority on the sefirot, otherwise known as the middot (character traits). There are established authorities on the subject. The little knowledge that I have could be contained on one of their fingernails. Yet, I endeavor to apply what I know, while learning more along the way. What I share in this series of my blog, during the counting of the Omer, are only my personal findings. Thank you for bearing with me. Shalom.