Saturday, April 27, 2013

Count the Omer: Days 32 & 33

Day 32: Netzach sheb'Hod, Ambition within Humility and Gratitude
You've heard the phrase "keep your eyes on the prize." Ambition can sometimes lead to a singular focus or tunnel vision. It is important to be determined and committed to achieving something, but today's combination of ambition with humility reminds us to take a look around every once in a while. Don't get so wrapped up in your part of a project that you lose sight of the bigger picture. Who else is helping you achieve your goal? Take a moment to recognize their effort and thank them.

Day 33: Hod sheb'Hod, Humility within Majesty or Majesty within Majesty

Lag B'Omer
Hod is about being humble while still recognizing the majestic qualities within yourself. The difficulty of hod sheb'hod is balancing modesty with respect.

The 33rd day of the Omer is Lag B'Omer, a day to celebrate! There are a number of traditional historical reasons given for celebrating Lag B'Omer, which you can read about here. In addition to these reasons, today's combination of hod sheb'hod can also be translated as majesty within majesty. Today is a day to celebrate the majesty within ourselves and in the world around us.