Omer – Day 8
Barukh ata Adonay, Eloheynu Melekh ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’zivanu al s’firat haOmer.
Blessed be the Eternal God, Ruler of the universe, who makes us holy through Mitzvot and has commanded us to count the Omer.
Hayom yom shmone laOmer shehem shavua ehad veyom ehad laOmer.
Today is day eight of the Omer, which is one week and one day of the Omer.
Khesed be Gevura – Kindness within strength; love within limits
I’ve wondered time from time how these things get chosen. Why so many character traits associated with strength and other (in my opinion not always primary) power-related characteristics? Gevura, Malkhut, Netzakh – they’re all about being mighty in some way. Why are these the most important traits? Maybe because we’re trying to be like God. We see God as being really, really powerful (in fact, all-powerful) and so we want to make ourselves more powerful. Then, we remember that God is everything, and so God’s strength is primarily the strength of managing Godself. The character trait really implied here is the strength of self-control, of making the right choices. Can I do that today? Not always very successfully. So, I need to keep in mind the kindness within that strength. I remember that I am not God but only human and thus guaranteed to fail sometimes. Today there is kindness in the limits I set for myself.