Counting the Omer – Day 14
Barukh ata Adonay, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sfirat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonay our God, ruler of the universe, who makes us holy with mitzvot and gives us this opportunity to count the Omer.
Today is day fourteen which is two weeks of the Omer. Hayom yom arba-es’re she hem shtey shavuot laOmer.
Today is Malkhut be Gevura, majesty within strength, nobility within might.
That’s one big problem with strength. It’s often graceless. The brute force method of accomplishing things, the destruction of all obstacles in one’s path – it is tempting. If one is strong enough, it is often effective. It is, however, nasty, and cruel and unfortunate. Instead, there is this day. I try to find a way to temper my strength with graceful approaches – to use my strength, not as a weapon with which to bludgeon others, tempting as it may be, but as a signal to me that God has given me an advantage in an area as a level of Malkhut, of authority that I must use in a majestic and noble fashion, noting and accepting the responsibilities that my strength gives. I need to be funny, sweet, kind, firm, clear – whatever it takes to not just be strong enough to win, but noble enough that no victory is needed.
Today, we use our strengths with grace, remembering that they give us responsibilities as well as opportunities.