Day Five of the Omer 5777

Today is the fifth day of the Omer, Hod in Chesed, Humilty in Lovingkindness.

May I have the humility to lead with Chesed in all of my interactions, especially with those closest to me. May I have the strength to overcome the fractures in my character, the ingrained patterns of destructiveness. May I always humbly remember that knowledge is less important than right action.

Day Four of the Omer 5777, Netzach of Chesed

Today is the fourth day of the counting of the Omer. Netzach of Chesed, the Endurance of Love, the Triumph of Lovingkindness.

I wonder if selfless love is truly enduring. I wonder if enduring love is healthier when it respects boundaries and creates boundaries to honor the one who is loving.

In the end, love will always triumph. Before I felt comfortable expressing Jewish wisdom, I felt the truth of the musical, Les Miserables: “To love another person is to see the face of God.” May we all experience pure love, may it endure, and may we honor its triumph.

Day Three of the Omer 5777 Tiferet Shebe Chesed

Today is the third day of the Omer. Tiferet of Chesed, Harmony of Loving-kindness, Compassionate Love.

Through this sephira, we merge in perfect harmony the strict boundaries of Gevurah with the overflow of love in Chesed. Selfless Love finds itself in Tiferet of Chesed, giving though the other does not deserve our love, being of service even when our service is unnoticed.

Yesterday, I strayed far from the path of Chesed. My rhetoric focused on acknowledging only the struggles of people who walk my path and think in my logic patterns. May I always remember the souls who surround me are on their own journeys, with their own stumbling blocks. May I focus more on removing those impediments. May I always remember we each are doing our best. May I deepen my understanding of compassionate love and may I express it to everyone I meet, whether in person or online.

Two Days of the Omer 5777

Today is the second day of counting the Omer. Jewish days begin at sundown and the traditional laws require you to count and say the blessing at night, when the day begins.

I’ve often wondered about this. My guess is that it is important to set your intentions for the day before going to sleep, so your unconscious has the holiest possible thoughts to interpret. This is also why my addiction to Facebook / staring at this phone at night is so dangerous.

In any event, today is Gevurah of Chesed. The discipline required in love. If you give too freely, you will lose yourself in another person’s wants and needs. You may smother the agency of your beloved. Clear boundaries are needed to ensure we can each thrive. This is also helpful in understanding that there are natural limits to how much any other person determines the course of our life. Parents, lovers, teachers, abusers, politicians — there are boundaries between them and the essence of our loving kindness.

May we have the courage to honor and glorify the boundaries of our love today.

Chesed SheBe Chesed 5777

Chesed of chesed. Lovingkindness of Lovingkindness. The purest essence of love.

Being of service. Being present to the holiness of each living soul and helping to elevate each soul to its highest potential.

I begin the journey of counting the omer – now with apps to ensure the busyness of parenthood and rabbinical school doesn’t derail my intention to meditate deeply on the spiritual values that connect me to the deepest parts of myself and the holiness that surrounds us all.

My beloved chose Chesed as his Hebrew name. If you know him, you have the privilege of experiencing the embodiment of chesed. May we all have the courage to express our souls and support the souls of those around us as completely and unselfishly as Chung-Mau Cheng. I strive everyday to live up to his example. ❤💝