14 days of the Omer: Indwelling of Strength, Shekhinah ShebeGevurah

Tonight, we will welcome the fourteenth day, which is two weeks, of the Omer 5781. שכינה שבגבורה, Shekhinah ShebeGevurah, Indwelling of Strength.

Beyond the chatter of the ego and the inclination towards destructiveness lies the Indwelling of the Divine, שכינה, Shekhinah. She is the Divine Mother, the Constant Nurturer, the Eternal Warm Embrace. It is terrible easily to become disconnected from Shekhinah, to leave Her in exile. May we embrace her as the conduit for the flow of Divine Strength and Perseverance.

You Are Enough, I Am Enough

Far too many of my Omer meditations reflect on the ways I do not live up to my ideals. In reality, humans are not meant to be perfect. With a clear vision, moral compass, and inner purpose, the Indwelling of Strength fortifies us.

The goal of the 49 day walk from exodus to revelation is not perfection. The goal is becoming a deeper vessel of knowing. To open up our hearts and our minds to words of truth. Sinking into the Divine Flow, our ability to move comfortably in the world becomes deeper.

I am in the process of becoming a rabbi. I could reflect on the decades “lost” to other roads, while my age co-hort is emerging as “senior rabbis.” Instead, I will honor all I have learned from those experiences. From my confidence crafting the interiors of our homes (a year at the Midwest advertising office of House Beautiful magazine) to my heartbreak at the state of work in the United States (a year as a labor union organizer), my journey deepened me.

Prayer for Perseverance

May the Holy Mother shower us with strength. Let Her Immanence sustain us with spiritual healing. Please guide us on our journey towards wholeness.

Previously on this day…

The Upright Ones, the Yeshurun 5780 / 2020.

Don’t abandon your toys in the search for truth, 5779 / 2019.

Having boundaries can be generous, 5778 / 2018.

Let go of limiting narratives, 5777 / 2017.


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