Thursday, May 5, 2011

On counting the week from May 3 to 11

We have here a beautiful comment by Rabbi Andy Shugerman, rabbinic fellow, Development Department, JTS
on current events in the context of counting the Omer.
From Tuesday night through the following Wednesday (May 3 until the evening of May 11), our 'Omer-counting will take us through the week of Tiferet, the divine aspect of beauty. This attribute also connotes compassion and the balance between unconditional love (Chesed) and the rigorous commitment of discipline (Gevurah), which I like to call "tough love." Each day offers a different opportunity to reflect upon and to seek this kind of emotional equilibrium as our spiritual homework.