Indwelling of Strength, Day 14 Omer 5782

Today is the fourteenth day, which is two weeks, of the Omer in the year 5782. שכינה שבגבורה, Shekhinah ShebeGevurah, Indwelling of Strength.

You are my Rock

כִּי־סַלְעִי וּמְצוּדָתִי אָתָּה וּלְמַעַן שִׁמְךָ תַּנְחֵנִי וּתְנַהֲלֵנִי׃

For you are my crag and my bastion, and for Your name’s sake guide me and lead me. (Robert Alter translation, Psalm 31:4).

This right here is the reason I am a Jewish spiritual leader. Allowing God to guide me and lead me. My hope is to open gateways to God. The path of righteousness, the path of justice, the path of truth: they are all the same path and the are all guided by HaShem.

May we all have time this Shabbat to sink into the Strength within us and the Rock Who guides us.


The image was taken by Archie Binamira and found with Pexels. This beautiful photo of a real mountain in the Philippines reminds me of the Pixar short, “Lava” —

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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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2 Comments

  1. Eric Strimling

    The idea of sinking oneself into the strength feels, if not paradoxical, then at least dynamic. The yin water flowing into the yang rock. Softening and shrinking oneself so as to fit into the crag.

    Once there, are we secure enough to be able to express our inner strength. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I fear no evil, for You are with me.

    Fear is the little death, but if with God there is no fear, then there is no little death.

    Where there is courage there is, then, strength. So perhaps the courage that comes from the knowledge of God’s presence is the root of gevurah?

    • Thank you for your beautiful comment. First, whenever the image of the crag comes up, my mind drifts to Ha’Azinu and God suckling us honey from the crag.

      Your thoughts also remind me of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s magnificent book A Passion for Truth.

      It’s interesting, because I placed a hard task for myself this year, trying to write seven reflections on strength, rather than going to my comfortable spaces within Gevurah: discipline and boundaries. I think the tradition assumes knowledge of God’s presence. And the courage you’re speaking about is probably more related to the twin sefirot that come after Gevurah, Netzach and Hod (Eternal / Endurance and Splendor, both pillars of the Temple and prophecy). Also, the root of all of these descriptions is Ain Sof: without end, No-Thing-Ness.

      This year, I thought more about accepting the power within as a reflection of God’s strength. That my internal strength is a gift from God and not to fear it. And really, accepting the reality of God’s presence and being will to speak about God without fear that it will be too off-putting to people who do not relate to the layers of descriptions they’ve previously received about the Soul of the Universe.

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