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 47 הוד שבמלכות

Hod SheBeMalchut. Splendor within Dignity. Wow! within Majesty. Humility within Majesty.

Yesterday I wrote of taking caution to not fall into arrogance from Malchut, and of experienceing Malchut as the Eternal working in and through us. Hod, in its aspect of Humility seems to be where these two things become possible within Malchut. In Hod, we stand in awe of the Splendor around us. We feel the Humility of being such a tiny part of such a vast Creation. When we experience that awe as we are aware of our own Majesty, we know without a doubt where it comes from.

Dignity can easily be seen as carrying a solemn affect. However, a Dignity that reflects Splendor is such a lovely vision. The Dignity of Malchut stems from the fact that in this state, we are fully actualized. There is nothing to be ashamed of, no apology for who we are. We are part of Creation, and we were each Created exactly as we were meant to be. In Malchut, we have acceptance of ourselves as we were Created, giving us the ease and peace that translate as Dignity. When we have connected our Dignity to our relationship with the Divine, gratitude flows, and the Splendor shines through. It is a joyful thing to experience that connection! When we experience the joy, our lights twinkle with Splendor for all to enjoy. A Leader twinkling in that way will surely be followed.

Today, may we experience the Splendor of Creation within and around us, bringing us to our fullest selves. May we let that Splendor shine through us to instill confidence and joy in those who may wish to follow where we Lead.

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