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 7 מלכות שבחסד

Malchut SheBeChesed. 

Malchut is what happens when we have worked to embody and ensoul the attributes of each previous day of the week as we count the Omer. When we embody those attributes, we become the reflection of G8d's compassionate Will. We are aware of the Indwelling Presence within ourselves and others.

What does this look like through the lens of Chesed, deep lovingkindness? Dignity, nobility, humility, Indwelling Presence.

I ask of the love I give: Is my love the love of Malchut? Does my love allow the ones I love to be exactly who they are? Is my love honest? Is it present? Is it forgiving? Does my love allow for the presence of the Divine Third in all of my relationships?

I ask of the love I receive: Am I able to maintain my dignity within this love? I am able to be fully who I am with the ones who love me? Do the ones who love me allow me the opportunity to fall on my face? Do they allow me to get up and try again?

During this time, we ask ourselves big questions. We hold high hopes for growth and change. We fall short, perhaps even far short, of our aspirations to embody/ensoul these Divine attributes. But I (for one), am aware that, through my efforts, on this day of Malchut SheBeChesed, the Divine spark that dwells within me is shining just a little more brightly than it was when I came to the Seder table a week ago. 

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For a couple of different Omer counting guides try mishkan.org or chabad.org


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