Sefirot HaOmer 5779
“Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee.”
- Deuteronomy 16:9, JPS 1917 Tanach
yesod shebbe malchus 5779
(foundation within sovereignty)
Today is forty-eight days, six weeks and six days of the counting of the Omer.
A strong foundational belief system is necessary in order to maintain a sense of autonomy. Without reference points, in regard to one’s identity, it would be too easy to be swayed by this, that or the other opinion, trend, or viewpoints of others. A tenacious adherence to a set of values, beliefs, or overall conception of oneself will be a fence around an individual’s autonomy. Otherwise, we would be subject to drown in a sea of nihilism, where values do not matter, and life has no directive towards an ultimate purpose. G-d forbid.
Tomorrow’s middot are malchut shebbe malchut (sovereignty within sovereignty). Perhaps, this is comparable to the goal of self-actualization as found within a psychological framework. Finding a meaningful path to pursue in life will lead to ultimate personal fulfillment. The soul’s mission in life is often referred to as a corresponding goal, akin to self-actualization. Under G-d’s directive, whether we realize it or not, through His hasgacha peratis (divine guidance) that is placed upon us all, we are guided to what will steer us in the right direction.
On Shavuot (the fiftieth day), the culmination of the forty-nine day journey through self-renewal, by way of examining our character, reaches its goal. As H’Shem said to Moses, “when thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve G-d upon this mountain” (Exodus 3:12, JPS 1917 Tanach). We receive the Torah anew, in the very present moment of our lives. G-d’s instructions are as clear today as they were yesterday. Inasmuch that His words still apply to our lives, we can stand on the foundation that He has provided. Also, that our conscience may be guided by His widsom, not our own – in this we are sure to prevail over the challenges in our lives.
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.