Sefirot HaOmer 5779
“Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee.”
- Deuteronomy 16:9, JPS 1917 Tanach
gevurah within malchut 5779
Today is fourty-four days, six weeks and two days of the counting of the Omer.
Gevurah represents discipline, severity, and judgment. It is the opposite of chesed (kindness). Malchut (sovereignty) is denoted as autonomy, for the sake of this series that explores the sefirot as middot (character traits), during the seven week counting of the omer. At Mount Sinai, H’Shem appeared within the thunder and lightening to Moshe. G-d’s sovereignty is made known through His judgments. Even as His mercy is exhibited through His kindness. Yet, if He did not let His judgments be known through His interactions within.the affairs of the world, He would appear to be tolerant of mankind’s shortcomings to the extent of a permissiveness that would convey a lax attitude on His part as if any behavior on our part is acceptable.
This is not the case; albeit, when we turn our hearts towards Him, He will bestow kindnesses upon us. Moreover, He will help us improve ourselves, so that we will not fall under judgment. Because His expectations of us are clear, as represented by His commandments, His judgment is valid. Yet, often His judgment is in the form of chastisement, designed to compel us to return from our errant ways. As is written, “For whom the L-RD loveth He correcteth, even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. (Proverbs 3:12).
It was a comfort to king David to know that H’Shem would correct him when he strayed, as is also written, “Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). He knew that a spiritual safety net was provided for him, in order to catch him when he fell. The same is provided for us when we cast our eyes heavenward towards G-d who will sustain us through our trials. He will also call our faults to our own attention, so that we may do teshuvah (repentance). In this manner, we may improve our character with a little help from Above.
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.