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 41 יסוד שביסוד Yesod SheBiYsod

Roots within Connection within Creation within Roots within Anchor within Connection within Foundation within Creation within...

A very important part of my daily spiritual practice is Connection. Yes, Connection with Divine, but also Connection with other people who I know are also seeking continued spiritual growth. These conversations, usually on the phone, sometimes in person or on screen Anchor me in my Foundations.  Often, but not always, they hinge around overtly spiritual topics. Certainly, they offer opportunities to share feelings and lighten loads, being received with the simple gift of presence. Sometimes, they are disguised as “chat”, no big topic, no great spiritual revelation. Yet, even these calls are infused with the Connection fostered by the ever-present reaching of the Root systems for their surrounding Life Force. 

Human Connection Anchors me to Divinity, while Divine Connection provides a Foundation for my dealings with humanity. For me, they are each the “sine qua non” to the other, and I cherish both. 

Sometimes, I get a little lazy or too self-important, and will not take an opportunity to reach out when I really could. I admit that something as simple as a really good podcast can get in the way of this important practice.  I feel it very quickly. Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t times when it IS important to just be quiet, or listen to something edifying (or not edifying...), but I know the difference. When I keep up the effort to stay connected above and below, my Creative Energy tends to be that much more sparkly.

Today, may you find Connection in your Roots and Roots in your Connections. May you build your Foundation with the things and people that Anchor you. May your part in Creation blossom and Flourish as you sink into your Roots.

Omer Day 42 מלכות שביסוד Malchut SheBiYsod

Omer Day 40 הוד שביסוד Hod SheBiYsod