Today is twenty-five days, which is three weeks and four days of the Omer, in the year 5782. נצח שבנצח, Netzach ShebeNetzach. Eternal Endurance. Allowing the expansiveness of eternity into the cells of our bodies. Setting aside the agonizing question, “why must people die?” Swimming in the pools of never-ending will.
Let Go of Yesterday
What if we forget for a day all the stories we tell about how we got here?
What if instead of haranguing myself for wasting time, I swim in the pools of now?
Aside from our responsibilities, what brings meaning to our lives?
How can we allow the Eternal into the mundane?
The Way, Halakhah
The correct direct translation of Halakhah is The Way. It is the Jewish way of living in order to make space for Eternity. Long before there were codified laws, there were schools of philosophers orienting themselves around something beyond animal sacrifice and a single holy space.
It is quite easy to denigrate my Judaism if you are basing your standards on “what you know to be practicing Judaism.” What I’ve learned, especially during this last semester of seminary, is that we are all doing Jewish. Every Jew navigates their relationship with Halakhah.
Personally, I do not believe either the Hebrew Bible nor the Talmud was transmitted to Moshe on a mountaintop. Therefore, I feel free to mold this man-made religion into the forms that make the most sense for me. This too is The Way.
Judaism is My Pathway to Eternity
People get hung up on terms like “the chosen people.” It is not a universalist approach to humanity.
I feel chosen. Not superior; but chosen.
Chosen to swim in the pools of this wisdom tradition and help translate it for today’s wisdom seekers.
What do you feel called towards?
A Book to Ground Us
The Spiral of 25 Days of Omer
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