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 15 חסד שבתפארת Chesed SheBeTiferet

Love. Extension. Kindness. Light. Giving within Balance. Splendor. Harmony. 

Anyone else ready to move into a new week? As I sat in one of my regular meetings yesterday evening, I distinctly felt an energy shift as darkness settled down. The air relaxed around me, and as I breathed it in, a gentle smile came over me. Aaaahhhhh... 

Tiferet, as mapped out onto the body, resides in the torso. The torso, full of so many varied elements -vital organs, structure of bone, the heart and all that it holds literally and metaphorically. Tiferet can navigate the complexities of life, which can arise at any moment without permission. In fact, I seem to be a bit of a magnet for complexities at this particular juncture, and I am grateful for a week in which I get to dwell in and fine tune the sefirah of Tiferet. The place of Balance and Harmony.

I see in the Chesed found within Tiferet a measured flow. Not measured in a Gevurah way, but rather a flow that is not overwhelming, flowing at exactly the right pace. It Gives at the level the recipient can absorb effortlessly. Balance. 

Being a rather concrete and visual person, I also get a clear image of the Light of Chesed residing inside the sprouts we are cultivating during this time (see Day 3 and Day 10 if this statement made you say, "huh?"). Anyone up for some Holy Sparks today? Good.

May you be blessed today with the Grace to meet any complexity that may arise. May you feel the warmth of the Holy Sparks within you as you continue your growth journey. 

Omer Day 16 גבורה שבתפארת Gevurah SheBeTiferet

Day 14 מלכות שבגבורה Malchut SheBiG'vurah