Omer – Day 42
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 arbaim ve shtayim laOmer, shehem shisha shavuot laOmer.
Today is day forty two of the Omer, which is six weeks of the Omer.
malkhut be yesod – majesty within intimacy; rule within relationship
What makes a relationship noble? What lifts it above the everyday, the ordinary? What makes it majestic? We talk about love, an emotion, a state – something truly confusing. Maybe the desire for another person’s happiness, maybe wishing to be with the other person. Love makes no sense. Yes, it is possible to reduce it to lust, to need for security and commitment in family – to what our brain does with these basic animalistic drives – but that’s not what love feels like. It feels like magic, miracles – a step out of the ordinary.
It is also one of my favourite definitions of God – the personification of the love flowing through the universe. Thus, it is the love we can give and receive that makes us in the image of God; not the same, as the reflection in the mirror is not the same as me, but startlingly similar. The love we share is what makes Yesod – intimacy, privacy – majestic. It looks at our relationships with each other and with God and makes them more holy.
That’s why the first commandment is “I am God.” It’s a simple expression that “love is” it’s exists and it’s enough in and of itself. And it’s a reasonable principle by which to rule oneself and others. If God is love, then I can look at decisions I need to make and ask myself if they increase and facilitate and show love to God, to myself, to other people. It’s what our prayers say – we need to love with all our minds and hearts and souls and strength.
Today, I try to make decisions that ensure my relationships are in the image of God – strong and loving.