Friday, May 6, 2016

Omer 2016 Day 14: Zipporah


Day 14: Malchut in Gevurah, Leadership in Strength

"At a night encampment on the way [to Egypt], the Lord encountered him and sought to kill him. So Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin, and touched his legs with it, saying, 'You are truly a bridegroom of blood to me!' And when He let him alone, she added, 'A bridegroom of blood because of the circumcision.'" (Exodus 4:24-26)
Zipporah acted quickly in the face of danger to save her son and Moses from God's wrath on their journey to Egypt. This year, it seems like all of my friends had babies and I was able to attend a bris for the first time. I have to say, the mothers all looked super nervous. It takes a lot of strength to hand over your newborn baby on a (precarious-looking) pillow, knowing that he will cry in just a few minutes. For Zipporah to step up and act was truly an act of strength.