Monday, May 11, 2015

Count the Omer 2015: Day 37


Day 37: Gevurah within YesodJustice within Connection
As we go through the weeks of the Omer, each of the sephirot bring us successively closer to God. This means that the earlier sephirot (loving-kindness, strength, balance) should be easier for us to grasp, because they are closer to the human experience, while the later ones (glory, connection, and kingdom) are more difficult, because they are more divine and on a higher plane. Yesod is the penultimate of the seven sephirot of the Omer.

So, how does connection impact justice? Take your pick of any of the following issues: fighting antisemitism, advocating for gay marriage, the Black Lives Matter movement, feminism, or insert your own cause. When we are ignorant (willfully or not) of the plight of others and disconnected from their struggles and pain, there cannot be justice. But when we forge a connection with others, we can better understand their needs and see the injustices they face in life. From there, we can pursue justice together.