Counting the Omer – Day 42
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 forty two, which is six weeks of the Omer. Hayom yom arbaim ve shtayim she hem shisha shavuot laOmer.
Today is Malkhut be Yesod, majesty within sexuality, nobility within intimacy.
I end up thinking of the king from Le Petit Prince on this one. He gave people the orders that he thought they’d obey so that they would obey him. He was right in that there was no point ordering someone to do something they don’t want to do – that would lead to disobedience and to breaking the relationship. But his way didn’t work all that well either. At some point , everyone wanted to leave, and so he ordered them to leave. They did and he was very lonely. Sometimes, in close relationships, we give people what they want. Sometimes we have to ask for our own needs to be made. It’s a tricky balance to be a noble, a holy person in a relationship. Occasionally we might even end up alone, like the kind. However, if both people are practicing Malkhut be Yesod, sometimes, that balance can create the beautiful relationship in which both sides do what the other wants, not because of orders but because that is what makes both happiest.
Today, we do something because we know that another person would like it, without any orders being given