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 35 מלכות שבהוד Malchut SheBeHod

Reality. Actualization. Sovereignty. Selfitude. Majesty. Indwelling Presence within Gratitude. Awe. Humility. Glory. Peak. Wow!

Gratitude in action. That is what comes to me when I think about Reality within Gratitude. How do you express your Gratitude and bring it into Reality? 

For some, it is the outpouring of praise directly to G-d. For others, it is going out of the way to be of service to another with no expectation of return. I’m sure I’ve shared this before, but I am in Awe, Humility, and Gratitude in those moments when my daughter - now in full-blown tween upheaval - takes my hand as we walk together. I feel Shechina - the Reality of the Indwelling Presence - in those moments. 

It’s fun that this year the Malchut days of the Omer fall on Shabbat. A wonderful day to experience the Actualization of Gratitude and Awe as we take a breath and let go of whatever we can of the previous six days. I am happy for the reminder today as this Week 1 of Dog comes to a close. 

Shabbat Shalom. 

Omer Day 36 חסד שביסוד Chesed SheB’Yesod

Omer Day 34 יסוד שבהוד Yesod SheBeHod