Counting the Omer: Day 3 , plus omer and Kabbalah


omer journal cover
Omer is a measure of barley, and the counting of the omer is conducted during the 50 days from the second day of Passover  when barley was offered in the temple until Shavuot, when Moses received the Torah on Mount Sinai.  The first day of Omer, this year, was Friday, (starting at sundown on Thursday evening.)
In the Hebrew mystical tradition of Kabbalah, each week is ascribed one of the qualities of each of the lower seven sephrioth (levels) of the tree of life, with each day focusing on one of the other seven sephiroth within that sephirah.  So the first week, for example is Chesed (loving kindness).  The first day is Chesed in Chesed.  The second sephirah is Gevurah (restriction, limitation, discipline.)  So the second day is Gevurah in Chesed.  The third day is Tiferet (beauty, balance) in Chesed, and so on.
Yesterday, through a combination of computer graphics and pencil and pen renditions, I drew the kabbalistic tree of life, which serves as the cover of my omer journal.
I will continue posting to this blog my omer meditations; a series of drawings and writings from my omer journal.
Day 3:

Omer journal, day 3
Text:
Today is day three of the omer_Beauty and balance (tiferet) in loving kindness (chesed) balance in all things—the grace that beauty really is- the time for seedlings to grow.  The space between notes of music.  Time in communion and time alone.
Todayis beauty in loving kindness balance in an unbalanced world, hope against armies and industry.  The promise that love and will can alone dismantle the death machine.
Pencils have amazing powers.  What is done can be undone or redone. So uch in life is irreversible, one a mark is made it is set; in stone, in ink.  Pencil is forgiving.
I scribble a colonized Hebrew of one who wasn’t raised in Hebrew school or yeshiva.  Simple scratches like kindergarten crayon attempts at literacy.
An organic garden requires balance to achieve beauty.  Too many snails, no snails at al; neither is good.  Ther must be enough food for bugs and me.
Locusts are the only insects that are kosher.
Why would locusts be kosher?
Because when there are locusts there is nothing left to eat.  Dried and preserved they will last until the next harvest; manna –enough for everyone

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One response to “Counting the Omer: Day 3 , plus omer and Kabbalah

  1. Andy Griggs

    good to re-read this – thanks for reminding me of these posts

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