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 48 יסוד שבמלכות Yesod SheBeMalchut

Roots. Bonding. Foundation. Connection. Creation within Reality. Presence. Dignity. Sovereignty. Selfitude. 

The following was offered as a blessing at the wedding I attended yesterday. I thought to myself, "Oh, I know what to post tomorrow...."

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.” -Louis Bernieres, Corelli's Mandolin

I thought I didn't have anything to add anything to this, but what kind of Jew would I be if I didn't offer commentary? I want to clarify that I don't think that this applies only to the type of love that we call "being in love." There are so many varieties of heart Connection that can follow the type of energetic arc that is described here. I also think that for two trees to become one, each must be Rooted firmly in its own Selfitude.

Someone else's commentary that I read on this pointed out that it is not unheard of for a tree to blossom more than once. I like that. 

May you be blessed today with Roots that can support the Presence of yourself and the one(s) you love. May your Bonds be surrounded by and embody Divine Presence.


Omer Day 49 מלכות שבמלכות Malchut SheBeMalchut

Omer Day 47 הוד שבמלכות Hod SheBeMalchut