After sundown on Thursday, April 25 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 31 days of the Omer, which is 4 weeks and 3 days, the day of Tiferet sheh b- Hod.
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I volunteered to work with Hod because this idea of “submission” has been so challenging for me, as far back as I can remember. I work hard to be aware of, and to make conscious choices in response to my strong impulse to resist and transgress in the face of being commanded in any way. Working my Hod energy this week, I’m calling on the sweet spot where Chesed and Gevurah meet—the quiet radiance that emanates from the balance point between unconditionally loving compassion and a solid, consistent container that can hold it.
Today we bring Tiferet—balance, harmony, beauty—into our experience of Hod. We strive to submit completely, to let go of every last presumption of mastery and control. That’s the unbounded flowing of Chesed. And we invoke Gevurah, discipline and strength, to discern to which power we are giving ourselves over. Submission to the wrong authority—to an abusive or idolatrous authority—is a real danger here. This meeting and balance, this giving over completely to an authentic truth, is today’s quality of sublime beauty in submitting.
Ribbono Shel Olam, Master of the Universe, today I invite tiferet, balance, into my experience of hod, letting go. Help me to discern the holy paths of submission. Help me to relax into them. Help me to find balance as I marshal all of my resources to this practice even as I give over my power and release my will to Yours. May my practice today be of service to You and to Your creation.
הֽוֹד־וְהָדָ֥ר לְפָנָ֑יו ע֥ז ו֝תִפְאֶ֗רֶת בְּמִקְדָּשֽׁוֹ
Give over, and honor your encounter with truth; strength and tiferet/balance are in this holiness.
— Psalm 96:6