COUNTING THE OMER – This prayer is traditionally recited between sundown and sunrise of each day.
Day 35: Malchut she b’Hod
The Blessing (Day 35):
Baruch atah Adonai elohaynu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sephirat ha’omer.
Blessed are you, G-D, Source of Splendor, You make us holy through your mitzvot, commanding us to count the Omer.
Ha yom shloshim v’chamisha yom, shehem chamisha shavuot l’Omer.
Today is the thirty-fifth day, which makes five weeks of the Omer.
Week Five- Hod (Splendor, Glory, Reverberation)
Day Thirty-five: Malchut she b’Hod (Indwelling Presence within Splendor) – BETWEEN FEET/AT MOUTH to LEFT HIP
The sephira Malchut, often referred to as Kingdom/Sovereignty, acknowledges that the best kind of sovereignty, or in our more modern take of the term – leadership, arises from recognizing the Divine Presence within all creation, that we are all sparked with divinity, of godliness.
As Malchut influences Hod, we can see the magnificence of G-d within all life’s complexities. Every little piece is a part of a larger entity. The vast mountain ranges throughout our world and the single grains of sand of the world’s beaches are all part of the same world, the one planet Earth. Although completely different in size and scope, they are each individually small aspects of a much larger whole. They are both part of a slow-moving cycle of change in rocks that has been going on since the formation of the planet. They are part of something much larger than a particle of sand or even a range of towering mountains, all with the spark of the divine.
The study of ecology, and the influence that each different animal, plant, bacteria, virus, air particle change, and more, can have on the others, provides a scientific basis for this same insight. We are not completely separated from each other, or from any part of our surroundings. Each unique aspect of G-D’s Splendor plays a part in the outcome of who we are, in our Manifestation. Indwelling Presence reminds us to honor that Splendor, that Glorious Variety, that provides us with so much that we need.