Week 5 Day 2: Gevurah sheh b-Hod

 After sundown on Wednesday, April 24th we recite:


(Traditional) Baruch ata Adonai Eloheynu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b-mitz’votav v-tzivanu ahl s’firat ha-omer. 

(Feminized) Aht brucha Shechina eloheynu chey ha-olamim asher kidash’tanu b-mitz’voteyha v-tziv’tanu ahl s’firat ha-omer.

We bless the Source of time and space that summons us to holy action and instructs us on the counting of the omer. 

Today is 30 days of the Omer, which is 4 weeks and 2 days of the Omer.

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Today has the quality of Gevurah sheh b- Hod, of discipline within submission.

It’s so natural to exert our will, to meet uncertainty with the force of doing, to respond to our vulnerability with the energy of anger, to use the formidable tools of our minds and hearts and bodies to try to change what is and to bend reality to the shape of our desires.  Today, we notice where our discomfort with submission arises.  We watch our “doing impulse” trying to get into the game.  We call on gevurah, discipline, in order to stay with what is, to settle more deeply into the place of submitting and giving over.

Kavannah/ intention:

Ribbono Shel Olam, Master of the Universe, today I invite gevurah, discipline, into my experience of hod, letting go.  Help me to live into this experience of submission by giving over to the discipline of continuing to walk a path that I don’t yet understand.  May my practice today be of service to You and to Your Creation.

Gevurah/strength is the tool bound to your thigh like a sword; Hod/splendor and Hadar/majesty are yours.

 חֲג֚וֹר חַרְבְּךָ֣ עַל־יָרֵ֣ךְ גִּבּ֑וֹר ה֝וֹדְךָ֗ וַֽהֲדָרֶֽךָ

–Psalm 45:4





  1. Rabbi Diane Elliot
    April 24, 2013

    Rabbi Dev, today’s beautiful introduction to Hod inspires me to relax into my “place” in the cosmos, while tomorrow’s intention of disciplining myself to give over to “a path that I don’t yet understand” touches and stretches me right at my spiritual growing edge. Thank you.

  2. brachastone
    April 24, 2013

    Wow. So it’s okay not to understand the path to which I’m committed to use my discipline not to overuse my will in order to continue to submit! I think you said it better. lol
    But really, Dev, you just did a truly amazing thing. You made it okay for me to not know where exactly the hell I’m going. And still somehow “know” that it is my path. And that I’ll stay on it just fine if I ride the currents when it’s right.

  3. Barbara
    April 24, 2013

    R. Dev, I just got back from three weeks in India, and have rejoined the practice group. What a beautiful place for me to re-enter. Especially after time in India, where if you learn only one thing it is that we don’t have control. I had days of little control of whether I’d be alive at the end of the day (based on the way people drive, and the quality of the roads). I had modest but not much control of what I ate, my standards for cleanliness and food were constantly challenged. Submit and let go and then submit and let go again. The challenge is to do it with grace. I pray for more grace as I continue to walk the path of not being in control of the universe, even the simpler one at home.

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