Sephirat Ha’omer

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

Day 26: Hod she b’Netzach
The Blessing (Day 26):
Baruch atah Adonai elohaynu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sephirat ha’omer.
Blessed are you, G-D, Source of Endurance, You make us holy through your mitzvot, commanding us to count the Omer.

Hayom shisha v’esrim yom, shehem shlosha shavuot v’chamisha yomim l’Omer.
Today is the twenty-sixth day, which makes three weeks and five days of the Omer

Week Four – Netzach (Endurance, Perserverance, Continual Energy)

Day Twenty-six: Hod she b’Netzach (Endurance within Endurance) – LEFT HIP to RIGHT HIP

As we went over during the first week, there is a true link between Netzach and Hod that is quite different in comparison to the other sephirot. The distinctions between Chesed (Lovingkindness) and Gevurah (Strength) are crisp and separate as the right and left arms.  These arms are able to act independently and uniquely from the other.  Netzach (Endurance/Victory) and Hod (Splendor/Glory), however, are less easily separated, and the distinction between them is blurry.  This is well reflected in their bodily positions as right and left hips, since the movement of one inevitably causes movement of the other through their connection by the pelvis.  While we can move the right arm without requiring any movement from the left arm, the same is not true of our hips.  When we try to move the right hip, the left hip MUST also move to accommodate the new position.  Netzach cannot work independently of Hod.  Endurance cannot operate alone.

Aesop’s Fables – The Oak Tree and the Reed

Hod, sometimes referred to as Humility, can be expressed in a willingness to yield to something and to make dynamic changes to adjusting situations.  Yielding, a result of Humility, is an essential element of Enduring.  Standing fast can sometimes be a formula for destruction.  Think of a tall strong oak tree in a hurricane.  Its inability to bend with the wind may cause it to be uprooted, yet a flexible reed, which yields to the wind, can survive without a problem.  The reed Endures because of its Humility; its willingness to move in a different way allows it to stay firmly planted in the ground.

Today, consider your willingness to bend in a situation while still standing strong in your ideals. This is Hod she b’Netzach.

*The basis of the information in today’s topic comes from and is inspired by Rabbi Min Kantrowitz’s book “Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide”

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