Sunday, April 7, 2013

Count the Omer: Day 12

Day 12: Hod sheb'Gevurah, Humility within Strength or Gratitude within Justice
Tomorrow is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. As we remember the countless lives lost and destroyed by the Holocaust, we should feel hod: humility, gratitude, and majesty. I am humbled by the strength and resilience of the Jewish people and grateful to those who pursued justice in an unjust time. Today we thrive, both in Diaspora and in Israel, and it is majestic. If I were creating a language, I would not have thought up a word that encompasses humility, gratitude, and majesty, but without hod I would be at a loss to express myself on Yom HaShoah.
Memorial at Yad Vashem in Israel, commemorating the children killed in the Holocaust