Twenty-two days of the Omer 5778

Today is twenty-two days, which is three weeks and one day of the Omer. חסד שבנצח, Chesed ShebeNetzach, Grace of Eternity / Endurance / Victory.

A new focus begins today. We are firmly rooted in the world of action. Eternal victory awaits the one who embraces and enacts love in all actions, thought, and feelings. The pure will to put the vision defined by your exploration of the previous three Sephirot into concrete actions: Grace / Love, Strength / Discipline, Beauty / Truth / Compassion.

I fail at this daily. I haven’t mastered parenting two toddlers with natural independent streaks. My words get short, I get frustrated and that leads to anger. I’m still not sure how to handle two kids running away rather than following me to the car. I know the process is exhausting for all of us — from how long it can take to get from point A to B, to the red hot judgment I feel from those around me, to the sheer ridiculousness of wasting time just trying to walk to the car.

And yet, we are called to endure with grace.

If I had extra time this week, I would spend it reading one of the half dozen parenting books on my shelf. I will do that once my semester ends. In the meantime, I’m going to find the backpacks with “safety straps” (aka leashes) & make sure my kids don’t get hit by a car while walking to our car from synagogue.

May you have the will to bring your vision of grace into fruition. May you be victorious over your inclination toward evil. And may your eternity be rooted in love.

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