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.

Omer Day 5 הוד שבחסד Hod SheBeYesod

Wow! Peak. Humility. Splendor. Gratitude within Chesed

If Netzach, as we explored yesterday, deals with the Day-to-Day, its counterpart Hod deals with the NOT everyday. Hod is that moment when you're in a place where there aren't any street lights and you look up at the night sky. Wow! Or you stand at the edge of the Grand Canyon. Whoa... The first flush of new love. Zap! Purrrrrrrr...  

A couple of things happen in these moments. There is, of course, the Wow! Factor, a feeling of elevation, but alongside that is often the noticing of just how tiny we are in the grand scheme of things. Humility. In a new relationship (and this is not limited to romance), we want to do everything we can to help it grow, make our new someone happy, allow plenty of room for their needs and wants. This may be a moment to not necessarily take the lead.

The way I am seeing the space of Hod within Chesed today is a wonderful two-way street between us and G8d. I feel myself wrapped in G8d's Chesed, and the Splendor of that experience. I imagine, on the other side, G8d allowing, creating the space for the Chesed I have to bring to the world to bloom and bathe others with light and Love.

May you be blessed today being Elevated in the love of the Divine Presence. May your Love and Loving Intentions shine forth to Elevate all those around you.


Omer Day 6 יסוד שבחסד Yesod SheBeChesed

Omer Day 4 נצח שבחסד Netzach SheBeChesed