hod shebbe malchus


Sefirot HaOmer 5779

“Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee.”

  • Deuteronomy 16:9, JPS 1917 Tanach

hod shebbe malchus 5779
(humility within sovereignty)

Today is forty-seven days, six weeks and five days of the counting of the Omer.

Today’s combination of middot (character traits) are the qualities of hod (humility, submission, and splendor) within sovereignty (autonomy, dignity, and self-worth).

Humility is a necessary ingredient of character, inasmuch that any attempt to raise oneself above a modest estimation of one’s abilities should be placed in check by a fair analysis of oneself. Lowliness of spirit is a deterrent against pride. Showing deference to others helps to foster a sense of humility. Ultimate deference must be shown to G-d through obeisance of His commandments, and an acknowledgment of His greater wisdom (see Isaiah 55:8-9).

The middah (character trait) of Hod is also reckoned as “splendor.” This type of splendor is the resultant state of humbling ourselves before G-d. “Before honor goeth humility” (Proverbs 15:33). When we bow to G-d in our heart, we receive His approval; and, He will bestow his blessings upon us. When Aaron became Kohein Gadol (High Priest) within the hierarchy of the Levitical system instituted by G-d, it was Moses who anointed him. H’Shem willing, when we are in right standing with G-d, He will anoint us with His splendor.

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.

Published by Tzvi Fievel

I am a Jewish ba'al teshuvah, having been redirected in life by my belief and practice. I have a B.A. in Psychology and another B.A. in English. Also, I am certified as a pyschophysical re-educator. At current, I am focusing on my writing.

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