Today is forty-one days, which is five weeks and six days of the Omer. יסוד שביסוד, Yesod ShebeYesod. Foundation of Foundation.
Can you hear the jubilee calling softly in the distance? Eight more days of reflection before we reach the heights of revelation on Shavuot. Today is a day of reflection.
Contemplating all the insight that came from the previous aspects of Divine emanation. The Foundation of Foundation is the bursting forth of Divine energy through the conduit of a single human. It is the magic of communal action towards the common good. It is the human flourishing achieved in deep community.
And it all starts within each person individually. How do you experience the Divine? What have these days of reflection meant to you? Have you started to change an engrained habit? Can you see yourself more clearly now?
Last year, my Omer counting led me to try to find ways out of my stress eating. This year, my counting is leading me towards deepening my service. It’s ironic that I accepted a job as a Bar Mitzvah tutor at age thirteen without a second thought. As a rabbinical student, I’ve been wary of entering Jewish spaces as a leader. This coming year, I am committed to sharing the gift of Jewish wisdom as widely as I can.
I am also reflecting on how much I still have to learn about the core values that drive me and the way I am perceived. Two years ago, I wrote about the importance of understanding one’s personality and the journey towards actualization as reflected in the Enneagram. I want to delve deeper into those waters.
What concrete steps will you take towards expressing the depths of your foundation?
Previously on this day in the Omer
41 days of the Omer 5779 / 2018: Rooting ourselves in community.
41 days of the Omer 5778 / 2017: Personality as the expression of one’s foundation.