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 13 יסד שבגבורה

Yesod SheBeGevurah. Foundation, connection, generative productivity within strength, discipline, judgement.

Yesod, like Tiferet, can be thought of as a resultant Sephira. If I am spending time and energy within Netzach and within Hod, the result will be the connection of these two energies, forming a firm foundation for "generative productivity". (Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson)

How do I live this out? "Into Action." This is the title of a chapter in the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous. The author of one of the personal stories in the Big Book recalls a time when it was pointed out to her that there were no chapters titled "Into Thinking" or "Into Feeling", only "Into Action".  So much of life is just showing up to it - bringing my body to the appropriate place at the appropriate time. It has very little to do with how I feel about it, or what I think I should be doing at that time. I just need to take the action, whether it's my morning meditation, my time in the practice room, bringing out the trash (have we heard that one before?). It's warm and fuzzy to think about going to visit a sick friend, but what am I going to DO about it? The list goes on and on. 

There seems to be much about action contained within Gevurah. Once I have developed a Foundation (Yesod) within Gevurah, I am primed to live a life based on positive action. Action is not the whole picture, of course. That is why we need all those other Sefirot building upon each other to form the Foundation of our Gevurodik lives. Otherwise, we risk becoming, for instance, Mitzvah Machines, performing lots of wonderful-seeming actions without actually repairing much of the fabric of the universe.

Today, may my life be founded in positive actions, infused with the intentions and awareness that make my actions meaningful. 

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