Counting the Omer: Week 3: Tifereth by Ketzirah

Originally Posted to PeelaPom.com in 2010

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

Tiferet, as envisioned by Angela Raincatcher - Used by Permission of the Artist

Tiferet, as envisioned by Angela Raincatcher – Used by Permission of the Artist

The third week of the Omer focuses on Tifereth (תפארת).  This sephira is usually interpreted as Beauty or Compassion. So that means we’ve moved from Chesed (Loving Kindness) to Gevurah (Strength) to Tifereth (Beauty/Compassion). Tifereth is seen as a balancing force to Chesed and Gevurah.

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 Compassion mean in our lives and the world?  What happens when you change the meaning of Tifereth to Beauty or Truth instead of Compassion?

The third week, which explores Tifereth (תפארת) – Beauty/Compassion,  looks like this:

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

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  Beauty/Compassion (Tiferet) different than  Beauty/Compassion within Loving-Kindness (Chesed)?  Keep a journal or just let the thoughts float to the surface.  Make your own artwork to express the ideas. Either way, take the moment to see what things brings up for you.

If you Count the Omer at night, then you might want to follow the tradition practices.  RitualWell.org has the full text in masculine and feminine Hebrew, transliterated, and in English.

Exploring Tifereth:

 


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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