COUNTING THE OMER – This prayer is traditionally recited between sundown and sunrise of each day.
Day 48: Yesod she b’Malchut
The Blessing (Day 48):
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 shmonah yom, shehem shisha shavuot v’shisha yomim l’Omer.
Today is the forty-eighth day, which makes six weeks and six days of the Omer.
Week Seven – Malchut (Indwelling Presence/Manifestation)
Day Forty-eight: Yesod she b’Malchut (Foundation within Indwelling Presence) – GENITALS to BETWEEN FEET/AT MOUTH
Everything that has lasting energy and is sustainable in life is built not just on a strong Foundation, but also on a flexible one. Even with people, we find, that those with the capacity to adapt to changing circumstances are most successful in life. Research on resiliency shows that very often people grow in positive ways in response to negative or challenging life circumstances, often becoming stronger as a result. Even minor setbacks in our world can cause us to move slightly toward a more solid footing, giving us the ability to carry on, both to hear G-D’s Presence within us as well as to move positively forward in the world around us. This is, in essence, what the importance is of Yesod she b’Malchut. It is the effect of a strong yet flexible Foundation on the Manifestation of our Indwelling Presence.
The process of forming and maintaining a flexible foundation in our lives is a life-long task. The commitment to keeping our emotional lives limber can be seen as creating a finely balanced springboard. Today, we can contribute to that task by dedicating our hearts to regaining lost balance, recovering the small joys of feeling grounded, remembering moments of clarity in which we felt protected and held by G-D.
Psalm 94:18 says: “When I thought – ‘my foot is slipping’ – Your love, O G-D, upheld me.” This is an example of the kind of flexible Foundation Manifest in Yesod she b’Malchut today.
**Today’s email has come from and been inspired by Rabbi Min Kantrowitz’s amazing book “Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide”