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 6 יסוד שבחסד Yesod SheBeChesed

Foundation. Roots. Generation. Creation within Love. Generosity. Unbounded Giving. Acts of Kindness. 

Surrounded by Love, our Creative Energy stands to flourish. 

I am my own worst enemy at times. I have a talent for getting into imaginary arguments with imaginary adversaries (usually disguised in my imagination as loved ones) who tell me I shouldn’t proceed. These imaginary foes tell me my Creative inspirations will cause too much trouble, that I should just keep it to myself and forget I even had the thought.  

Some may be surprised by this revelation. This is because, thankfully, it doesn’t usually get the better of me.. Over years of practice, I have developed the ability to recognize when I have tuned into this broadcast of negativity, and can see the lie. The only thing to do from there is wrap myself, my thoughts, wishes, and dreams in Chesed, and seek the truth. I reach out to those who support me, who have witnessed me through endeavor after endeavor. I reach out for Divine inspiration, direction, and affirmation. 

With this practice of truth seeking as my Foundation, my awareness of being enveloped in Chesed returns, and I can step forward. The continued Creation of my very existence is renewed.

May the Roots of your Creative Energy deepen, wrapped in Generous love, Divine and human. May you revel in the perpetual renewal of Creation, day to day. 

Omer Day 7 מלכות שבחסד Malchut SheBeChesed

Omer Day 5 הוד שבחסד Hod SheBeChesed