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 28 מלכות שבנצח Malchut SheBeNetzach

Shekhina. Actualization. Selfitude. Revealed Word. What within Day-to-Day. Endurance. Will. Action. Long Haul. Productivity.

I've been loving the way that, this year, the sefirot are in sync with the days of creation with which they correspond on that particular mystical map.

Shabbat is the day of Malchut. Tonight, we welcome Shekhina back into our midst. Or, more likely, we take a moment (or a good 25 hours) to remember that She has been with us all along. We just got too busy, caught up in the Day-to-Day, to notice. Hence, Shabbat.  

We speak of the neshama yiterah - the additional soul - with which we are imbued on Shabbat. Another way of seeing neshama yiterah brings us into another meaning of the root of yiterah that is closer to remaining/remainder. From this vantage point, we receive the remaining piece of the soul that has been put aside as we Willed our way through the week.  

When Shabbat returns, we breathe, we welcome Her face, the Presence of Shekhina, and along with her, we breathe in the yeter- the remainder - of our spirit. We return to our more fully Actualized selves.  

If Productivity is an aspect of Netzach, perhaps on Shabbat, on this day of Malchut SheBeNetzach, it is the Productivity that happens while we are at rest. Ideas steep like tea. Our muscles review imperceptibly any physical learning we have done. Our bodies and minds have a chance to regenerate, full of the Indwelling Presence that filled  creation upon completion.  

Shabbat shalom.

Omer Day 29 חסד שבהוד Chesed SheBeHod

Omer 27 יסוד שבנצח Yesod SheBeNetzach