Forty-five days of the Omer 5777

Today is forty-five days, which is six weeks and three days, of the Omer. Tiferet of Shechinah, Emet of Malchut. Beauty of Divine Indwelling, Truth in Sovereignty.

What is the meaning of your life? What is the core truth that drives you to seek The Good?

I’m not asking what brings you joy – or even what your core brokenness is. Though both of those things can (and should) point toward your core truth. I’m asking what is at the center of your motivation, what keeps you attached to a moral and life-affirming path? What can you return to that points toward the spark of light within you?

Transformation is part of my core truth. I want to create containers to allow as many people as possible to find the best version of themselves. I’m not talking about quitting your day job (though maybe). I’m talking about recognizing the part of you that is beyond material concerns, finding ways to connect with that part of yourself on a daily basis, and using the wisdom of your higher self to guide your actions.

This is the Judaism I wish to share with the world. Soul nourishing, ego compartmentalizing, shadow acknowledging, spirit enhancing wisdom.

May you find the core truth that motivates you and connect with it every day. This is the reason Judaism has three daily prayer services – to give people time to connect with their core truth, to elevate time beyond materiality. It breaks my heart when Jews tell me they’re turned off by prayers. I concede the ancient poetry can be difficult to connect with — especially given the many false, hyper-rationalistic English translations around us. Setting aside my desire to crack open Jewish prayer for more people — may you have time today, and everyday, to find your way beyond your ego, to a primarily spiritual level of being.

And if all else fails, meditate on the question. Prayerful meditation can open doors you never knew existed. Meditating on what it would mean if I believed HaShem guided us on our paths (one of those English mistranslations of a Jewish morning blessing) led me to rabbinical school.

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