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 41 יסוד דביסוד Yesod SheBiy'sod

Grounding. Foundation. Roots. Bonding. Connection. Creation within Connection. Grounding. Bonding. Foundation. Roots.

Roots have to grow deep and they have to grow wide in order for the plant they support to remain upright. All Roots emanate from one central location, one Source. They begin to split off from each other, dividing endlessly. Each new cell, cluster of cells, offshoot inextricably Bonded and Connected to its "parent". They not only grow deep and wide, but they grow thicker. The roots closest to the Source tend to be limb-like in appearance.

We are all somewhere along that continuum.  There are Connections that are of the more obvious sort - families, friends, teachers, students, neighbors, on and on. What about those that are less apparent? The child you notice at play in the park across town, the guy with the two dogs you see at the same time each morning out on the morning jog, the other patients in the waiting room at your dental practice, the woman you pass on the street without a second thought, both on your way somewhere? Can we harness the Foundational energy of Yesod to actively build on the continuum of Connection? What do we Create through the acknowledgement of our common Source and Foundation? How would deepening the obvious Roots we share strengthen the less obvious? How would the deepening of the less-obvious strengthen the the Bonds with those closer at hand?

These are some of the things I think about.

May you be blessed today with Roots deep and wide. May your Connections work to strengthen the common Bonds we all share. May these Bonds work to deepen your Foundational Connection with the Source and make you an effective partner in the perpetual renewing of Creation.

Omer Day 42 מלכות שביסוד Malchut SheBiy'sod

Omer Day 40 הוד שביסוד Hod SheBiY'sod