Monday, April 15, 2013

Count the Omer: Day 21


Day 21: Malchut sheb'Tiferet, Leadership within Compassion
Today, we pray for Boston. In tragic times, when I am at a loss for words, I find it easier to quote others, so here are some quotes I found helpful today:

"A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance in despair." -Abraham Joshua Heschel

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" -Mr. Rogers
Thank God for the helpers, those people whose "greatest passion is compassion" and who step into leadership roles in the wake of a tragedy. Today, of all days, we need leadership within compassion.