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 12 הוד שבגבורה Hod SheBiG'vurah

Splendor. Awe. Wow! Humility. Space. Gratitude within Power. Strength. Discipline. Boundaries. Restraint. 

G8d's Splendor and our Awe are two faces of the prism of Hod. For there to be a Wow!, however, there must first be a a noticing. Within this week of Gevurah, we have an extra supply of the needed energy to develop the Discipline of noticing. Also found in Hod is a type of receptivity, a making Space for the Awe to come in. Getting out of one's own way. Letting go of ego, even for a moment. A Discipline, to be sure.

Along the two-way street of Hod, G8d also makes Space for us to bring our Splendor into the world. Or, perhaps, we are simply vehicles for G8d's Splendor. In any case, I have certainly found that it takes a certain type of Humility to allow for this phenomenon. Humility is often thought of as a quality of diminution, but I've heard it said that it is the ability to see ourselves as we truly are. The way G8d sees us. So aptly phrased in the musical Godspell, "But if that light is under a bushel, it's lost something kind of crucial..." 

Today, may you be blessed with Awe at the Presence of G8d's Power. May you be a vehicle for G8d's Splendor. May you open the Space in yourself to receive the Power that makes you as Splendid as you are. 

Omer Day 13 יסוד שבגבורה Yesod SheBiG'vurah

Omer Day 11 נצח שבגבורה Netzach SheBiG'vurah