Counting the Omer: Week 2: Gevurah by Ketzirah

Originally Posted to PeelaPom.com in 2010

Gevurah, as envisioned by Angela Raincatcher, used by permission of the artist

For a primer on the Omer see “Week One: Chesed.”  For the schedule of the Omer, see Chabad’s Omer Calendar.

The second week of the Omer focuses on Gevurah (גבורה).  There are so many ways people interpret this sephira.  You see it described as severity, strength, judgement, discipline & measuremight, courage, and powerjust to name a few.  For me, my mind leaps directly to the Gevirah Netivah of Shekhinah — the Matriarch.

Once again we look at each of the other seven “lower” sephirot through the lense of this sephira.  We begin like every week, with Chesed (loving kindness).  What does Loving Kindness within Strength mean in our lives and the world?

The second, which explores Gevurah (גבורה) Strength,  looks like this:

  1. Loving-kindness within Strength
  2. Strength within Strength
  3. Compassion (Beauty) within Strength
  4. Endurance within Strength
  5. Glory within Strength
  6. Connection within Strength
  7. Majesty within Strength

The question to ask with each, is “What does this mean to me?”  Each day, explore what the idea of sephira within a sephir triggers for you.  How is Loving-Kindness (Chesed) within Strength (Gevurah)within  Strength (Gevurah) Loving-Kindness (Chesed) different than ?  Keep a journal or just let the thoughts float to the surface.  Make your own artwork to express the ideas or use the works by Angela Raincatcher. Either way, take the moment to see what things brings up for you.

Exploring Gevurah:

 


Ketzirah, an ordained Kohenet trained through Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, is the Director of OneShul.org and.  She is also a maker of sacred art and objects.  You can find her on  Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook, and leading services here at OneShul.

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