Posted by Anna L
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 twenty-one which is three weeks of the Omer. Hayom yom esrim ve ehad she hem shlosha shavuot laOmer.
Today is Malkhut be Tiferet, authority within beauty, hierarchy within loveliness.
Seriously, though, hierarchy is beautiful sometimes. No, no, I hear you, you want to be equal and no one can boss you around and you know what you’re aiming for and you don’t understand why you can’t just have it. Right now. And no one can tell you what to do and I’m certainly not the boss of you. But still, the set patterns of authority have their own beauty and wonder, their own comfort in knowing what comes next and who’s responsible for it. There is a lot that’s wrong with authority, but sometimes I feel that our society have thrown out the baby with the bath water. Authority saves us a great deal of time in professional situations (students listen to teachers, patients to doctors, etc…) and allows work to happen in a timely fashion. It provides mental shortcuts to ensure that not every situation is one that needs analysis – sometimes, we just follow protocol. And there’s a reason it’s romanticized – the reciprocity can be beautiful. If you do it well, with both sides acting respectfully, it can be really lovely.
Today, I try to act nobly when I have authority. It can make hierarchy so much more beautiful.