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 19 הוד שבתפארת Hod SheBeTiferet

Receptivity. Space. Awe. Humility. Gratitude within Art. Beauty. Harmony. Balance. Glory.

Life seems to be a series of colliding priorities. Sometimes I feel it more intensely than others, and now happens to be one of those times. Much of the time I feel very clear about what comes first, and sometimes it eludes me. This week is chock full of these back-and-forths.

What does this have to do with Hod SheBeTiferet? Well, another way to say it is, "Life is a Balancing act." Yesterday I had to look at one of these priority collisions from many angles, and to remain Receptive to the different ideas that have been floated around how to solve it. Much of it was uncomfortable, but a rather unexpected solution came to the surface.

It has also required a great deal of Humility, in the form of running my ideas by people, knowing they won't like them, but hoping they can help me come to something that is more mutually agreeable. All of the people involved are people who also seek Harmony in life and relationships.

It all leaves me with Gratitude for the Beauty of the relationships that I have, and in Awe of the Glorious Presence that gives me the courage to just keep trying.

Omer Day 20 יסוד שבתפארת Yesod SheBeTiferet

Omer Day 18 נצח שבתפארת Netzach SheBeTiferet