COUNTING THE OMER – This prayer is traditionally recited between sundown and sunrise of each day.
Day 45: Tiferet she b’Malchut
The Blessing (Day 45):
Baruch atah Adonai elohaynu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sephirat ha’omer.
Blessed are you, G-D, Source of Everything, You make us holy through your mitzvot, commanding us to count the Omer.
Ha yom arbaim v chamisha yom, shehem shisha shavuot v’shlosha yomim l’Omer.
Today is the forty-fifth day, which makes six weeks and three days of the Omer.
Week Seven – Malchut (Indwelling Presence/Manifestation)
Day Forty-five : Tiferet she b’Malchut (Harmony within Indwelling Presence) – HEART to BETWEEN FEET/AT MOUTH
I grew up loving music, and I still adore so many different musical styles. So I can’t think of the word Harmony without considering it in a musical context. Some pieces are lovely with their simple Harmonies full of predictable patterns using minimal vocals and instruments blending together. Others are quite intricate, requiring attention to the complexities and variations that combined provide a beautiful harmony that is variable yet still amazing. I find this most in the classical music I love, or modern music that utilizes complex classical concepts to produce their sound. Varied instruments, different in their structure, size, and sound, being able to come together to produce beauty and harmony is a manifestation of something glorious to me. That is Tiferet she b’Malchut for me.
It isn’t just the components that make something up that are important, but the way they work together that produces something exquisite. In life we have this same opportunity to manifest Harmony between varying ideas, concepts, people and situations and find the Beauty in the relationship between them. Each of us is a tiny part of a huge universe, a small ingredient within the pulsing heart of creation, being kept in balance as we contribute our particular component. Through Tiferet she b’Malchut we pay special attention to the intricate and perfect harmonies of G-D’s Creation.
Malchut is all about taking Action. We have the opportunity to Act to restore Harmony whenever we see the world out of Balance. Our actions to join in the fight against the disharmony from injustices, conflicts, environmental imbalances and such is our way to help Manifest a world in balance. Consider how you can become a part of the Harmony of our vast world.
*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”