COUNTING THE OMER – This prayer is traditionally recited between sundown and sunrise of each day.
Day 46: Netzach she b’Malchut
The Blessing (Day 46):
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 shisha yom, shehem shisha shavuot v’arba’a yomim l’Omer.
Today is the forty-sixth day, which makes six weeks and four days of the Omer.
Week Seven – Malchut (Indwelling Presence/Manifestation)
Day Forty-six: Netzach she b’Malchut (Endurance within Indwelling Presence) – RIGHT HIP to BETWEEN FEET/AT MOUTH
It is not always easy to keep ourselves moving forward, never faltering or stalling on our given path. The challenges of life require a constant amount of energy, of Endurance, to make our way with grace and determination. When we approach life with steadiness within ourselves, we can help influence others toward positive change.
I love the statement that if you never make a mistake, you never actually learn and grow. This fully applies to our lives – without the need to continue, to persevere, we would be stagnant, never able to fully fulfill our potential. The adversaries along our journey can come from external or internal forces; they can be material, emotional, or spiritual obstacles that have the ability to derail us from our path. Yet these obstacles need not have a long term negative effect on us. If we try to take the bumps in the road alone, they are rougher and we can become resistant, angry, and resentful. However, if we remember that Divine help is perpetually available, that we have an Indwelling Presence within us, the difficulties can become easier to manage.
We all have been through times when the road was rough and our original plan was no longer available or appropriate for our journey. Sometimes, we don’t even know for sure what is the cause for our derailment, but we know we are stuck and unsure of what to do. That is when we need clarity, to truly look at the situation and the real cause of the disturbance. With that understanding, it is easier to develop a new way to tackle the problems or to find the stamina or Endurance to start anew.
I had this happen to me last year when the community I cherished and spent over 20 years working with (and for), cultivating what I thought were real relationships, turned on me and abandoned my family. It took me a year to fully come to a place where I could see clearly that they were never actually my friends or our community, but a community that used us for everything they wanted. It takes time and distance to get a clear understanding of some situations, but ultimately, hopefully, we are better on the other side.
Netzach she b’Malchut reminds us to keep looking beneath the surface and seek out the Divine that will illuminate a path toward resolution. Impulsive actions rarely lead to lasting victories, true healing of wounds, or lasting peace. Allow Divine wisdom to provide clarity for you, to give you the skills to Endure and Persevere.
*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”