Sefirot HaOmer 5779
“Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee.”
- Deuteronomy 16:9, JPS 1917 Tanach
tiferes shebbe malchus 5779
(harmony within sovereignty)
Today is forty-five days, six weeks and three days of the counting of the Omer.
Tiferes represents harmony, beauty, and compassion. The polar opposites of chesed (kindness) and gevurah (severity) are balanced within tiferes. In relation to malchus (sovereignty), tiferes may be explored as the amount of felt compassion towards others, necessary, when honoring other’s autonomy, dignity, and self-worth. A healthy respect for the autonomy of others includes, if not requires, an appreciation of who they are as a unique individual in this world.
In order to appreciate the other, it may be necessary, from time to time, to step out of one’s sense of self. A preoccupation with self will not allow an individual to see the beauty in the lives of others. To be sovereign over oneself, to extent that the door is closed to others, leaves an emptiness, devoid of the vicissitudes of life – the ever changing moments.
Because G-d’s authority extends over the lives of all of us, it is vain to put ourselves up on a pedestal. Additionally, by putting anyone else up on a pedestal will turn that person into an idol. An idol is like a caricature of a person, only capturing superficial qualities. Rather, it is important to look beyond the appearance of others, in order to see them truly as a person.
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.