Sephirat Ha’omer

COUNTING THE OMER – This prayer is traditionally recited between sundown and sunrise of each day.

Day 20: Yesod she b’Tiferet

The Blessing (Day 20):
Baruch atah Adonai elohaynu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sephirat ha’omer.
Blessed are you, G-D, Source of Harmony, You make us holy through your mitzvot, commanding us to count the Omer.

Ha yom esrim yom, shehem shnai shavuot v’shisha yamim l’Omer. Today is the twentieth day of the Omer, which makes two weeks and six days of the Omer.

Week Three – Tiferet (Harmony, Balance, Beauty)

Day Twenty: Yesod she b’Tiferet (Foundation within Harmony) – GENITALS to HEART

People like myself who meditate often use the expression “to be centered” as a goal to be achieved through their practice.  It indicates a state of positive feelings, of calm and clear thought.  As a massage therapist, I was taught to start my work with a strong base foundation, at the Root Chakra, which is considered to be the body’s center of gravity, located just below the navel, along the mid-line energy path between Yesod and Tiferet.  Some Jewish sources will even locate Yesod in this location, although traditionally Yesod is to be based at the genitals, the organs of reproduction and generational continuity.

Yesod she b’Tiferet implies the kind of Foundational strength required for a Balanced life.  Foundation within Harmony is our “base camp” for spiritual exploration, a source of supplies and preparations needed before we can explore and journey. We know that it is easier to think clearly and calmly when the space around us is quiet and safe, but that isn’t always the way our lives work. Yesod she b’Tiferet, the affect of our Foundation on our Harmony and Balance allows us to access the building blocks of our Foundation, created from our core values and beliefs, to help us find a calming effect on our Heart to bring us to a state of Balance, even when things around us are not calm.

The opposite of Harmony is chaos and discord.  Many of us have some area of disarray in our lives.  Today is a good day to identify your internal column of strength that keeps you connected to your purpose, a Foundational value that helps you to work toward Harmonizing the discord in your life.  Today, take one small step toward firming up the basis of a relationship that you care about.

Yesod she b’Tiferet is a state of being well grounded yet balanced.  It gives us the poise to stand up and express our individuality.  We encounter fresh opportunities to examine who we are in relation to changed circumstances, such as a new intimate relationship, a new job, or a new leadership in a community group we are actively involved in.  As we encounter unfamiliar situations, we react, change, and then develop a new sense of Balance.  When we are secure in our deepest values, our core Foundations are strong and it is easier to adapt to changing circumstances.  Today we recognize that it is Yesod she b’Tiferet that supports this aspect of our lives.

Published by jesschasen

Temple Emanuel Sisterhood - Past President 2019-2020 Temple Emanuel - Interim Executive Director

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