Sefirot HaOmer 5779
chesed shebbe malchus 5779
by Tzvi Schnee
Today is 43 days, six weeks and one day of the counting of the Omer.
This week begins a seven day focus on malchus (sovereignty), in combination with the other six emotional attributes. The first of these to be explored in relationship to malchus is chesed (kindness). Malchus (sovereignty) may be said to represent autonomy. Human beings are created in G-d’s image, so we are obligated by our godly nature, at least to make an attempt to reflect His attributes. We were also given free will; therefore, to varying degrees, we may seek an autonomous stance in life. Yet, to see ourselves as independent of G-d would only be self-deception.
In our quest to seek autonomy in life, to define ourselves as an individual, with a unique personality, we should add a measure of kindness. It is not necessary to shout, this is who I am; rather, simply to assert ourselves in regard to our personal viewpoints. Be kind to others. Allow them to express their viewpoints. Healthy respect for the autonomy of others includes allowing enough space for others to share; spiritual growth thrives when given room to grow.
If I align myself with the authority of G-d, then, to some extent I accept His kingship over me, and I make every effort to bring my viewpoints into alignment with His. Therefore, I need to be kind to myself, so that I may not judge myself too harshly, when, sometimes, I am unable to actually live according to my professed beliefs. It takes time to change; particularly, if my past was burdened by behavior and attitudes that I no longer wish to adhere; then over time, my new beliefs need to be accepted by my heart as well as my mind. I have heard from several sources that the greatest journey is from the mind to the heart.
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.