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 13 יסוד שבגבורה Yesod SheBiG’vurah

Foundation. Roots. Connection. Union. Within Power. Strength. Boundaries. Structure.

It is hard not to think of trees when a word like Roots is in play. I am brought into the ingenius design of trees whose Structure provides what they need to stay upright. It is truly astonishing what a tree can withstand before it reaches its breaking point. The crown, reaching up and outwards, mirroring the Roots, reaching down and outwards, the trunk Connecting heaven and earth.

I am brought into the way the Structures of my life have provided a way to develop a Foundation and meaningful Connections. What are these Structures built around? They are built around learning to reach to the heavens, seeking Divine Connection. They are built on a Foundation of earthly actions that support Good Orderly Direction in my life. I see my torso - the house of my heart - and my legs as the trunk connecting my upward reach with my earthbound feet on the ground. 

As I write, I realize I am describing the Four Worlds of Assiyah - earthly action, Yetzirah - feelings and creativity, Beriyah - thought and intellect, and Atzilut - Union with the Source. 

May we all have the opportunity to Connect with all Four Worlds today through the Structures that foster Connection and Union. 


Omer Day 14 מלכות שבגבורה Malchut SheBiG’vurah

Omer Day 12 הוד שבגבורה Hod SheBiG’vurah