Sefirot ha’Omer 5779
yesod shebbe yesod 5779
(foundation within foundation)
Today is forty-one days, five weeks and six days of the counting of the Omer.
Today is represented by the sefirotic combination of yesod within yesod. The sefirah (attribute) of yesod may be understood as portraying foundational beliefs and attitudes, corresponding to what is most important in our lives. Within the context of a daily existence, some people are more intentional, with regard to living in accord with clear beliefs that generate proper conduct, based upon a specific set of truths. Others, upon examining themselves, may find that their beliefs, attitudes, and behavior are derived from various sources; whereupon, these sources may be disparate, not constituting a consistent worldview.
If we challenge our assumptions about life, what some call our presuppositions, we may find that our foundation is not actually built well. Rather, we should ask ourselves upon examination (heshbon hanefesh – an accounting of the soul), whether our underlying assumptions are able to withstand the harsh realities of life that may pour down upon us. Will our prevailing attitudes about life enable us to weather the various storms that we may encounter along the road of life? On what trajectory are we headed? Ultimately, we will have to stand before G-d, in full acknowledgment of our thought, speech and behavior. We will be called to make an account of every detail of our lives. If our foundation is rickety in this life, how will we be able to stand before G-d on Yom HaDin (the Day of Judgment)?
Yesod within yesod has to do with the essence of our foundation in life. Tomorrow’s middot are malchut shebbe yesod – sovereignty within foundation. On the level of viewing the sefirot (attributes) as middot (character traits), malchut is best understood as autonomy. Our foundation needs to be developed from a place within ourselves that recognizes the truths that we claim to profess. Without an “inner locus of control,” we will be swayed this way and that way by external circumstances. Others opinions, as well as the zeitgeist (general beliefs of the world) will compete for our attention. For this reason, a strong sense of autonomy is necessary, so that our moral perspective is not lost. Paradoxically, to believe in G-d requires that we ultimately subject our own autonomy to His sovereignty.
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.