hazzan Diana Brewer was ordained through the aleph ordination program. she leads prayer services regularly at the jewish community of amherst, and is on the staff of the davvenen leadership training institute.

Day 4 נצח שבחסד

Netzach: Eternity, Endurance, Victory, Transformation

I found a beautiful description of Netzach, which reads: ...the power to overcome those obstacles which stand in the way of one's Chesed aspiration to bestow goodness upon Creation. (inner.org)

I am delighted to observe about myself that I truly have a desire to bestow such goodness. How do I do it?

Rabbi Levy invites us to ask ourselves today: When am I acting from fear? When am I acting from anger? What inspires me to act from love?

Today, I also ask myself: What are the blocks that keep me from bestowing the goodness I would like to bring? Can those things that cause me to act from fear and anger be transformed to become things that cause me to act from love? Can I find victory over these fearful, angry responses? Can I invite Eternity in with a G8d breath when I am on the brink of a fearful or angry reaction? Can the G8d breath, the breath of Eternity keep me from getting to the brink in the first place?

Today, I pray for the endurance to reach a victory over my reactions to life by inviting in Eternity. May my Chesed's aspiration be enabled to flourish in the way it so desires.

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