Counting the Omer: Week of Malchut

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

Malchut, as envisioned by Angela Raincatcher />For a primer on the Omer see
Malchut, as envisioned by Angela Raincatcher

The seventh and final week of the Omer focuses on Malchuth. This sephira is usually interpreted as Sovereignty, Majesty, and Kingdom.  So that means we’re almost finished with our long journey from Chesed (Loving Kindness) to Gevurah (Strength) to Tifereth (Beauty/Compassion) to Netzach (Endurance/Victory) to Hod,  to Yesod (Connection), and finally ending in Malchut.

Malchut is the world.  It is manifestation.  It is Shekhinah. It is the seventh of the seven sephirot we’ve explored.  We finish this exploration in the month of Sivan, whose letter is Zayin, which has a numerical value of seven.  We have journeyed seven long weeks to reach Shavout.

We take our final look at each of the other seven “lower” sephirot through the lens of this sephira. We begin like every week, with Chesed (loving kindness).

Explore your kingdom within and without.   Connect to the Divine within.  Can you do this?  What images come to mind when you read the words: Majesty, Kingdom, and Sovereignty?  Are you the Ruler or the Ruled?

What has this journey meant?  Does it change the meaning of Shavuot for you?  What have you learned?  What have you experienced?  What do you bring into the world?

The seventh week, which explores Malchut (Majesty), looks like this:

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

Exploring Malchut:

Counting the Omer: Week of Yesod

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

Yesod, as envisioned by Angela Raincatcher />For a primer on the Omer see
Yesod, as envisioned by Angela Raincatcher

The sixth week of the Omer focuses on Yesod. This sephira is usually interpreted as Connection,  Foundation, or Bonding. So that means we’ve journeyed from Chesed (Loving Kindness) to Gevurah (Strength) to Tifereth (Beauty/Compassion) to Netzach (Endurance/Victory) to Hod, and now on to Yesod.

Yesod is a sephira of emotion and corresponds to the sexual organs.  According to Inner.org, Yesod is the “bridge between the infinite potential of procreation that flows into it and its actual manifestation.”

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 is your bridge between Loving Kindness and yourself?  What connections do you use to bridge the gaps between yourself and G!d(dess)?  What are the foundations of your life?  What are you attached to?  What shouldn’t you be attached to?  What bonds are you afraid of making but need to make?  What illusions are tricking you into thinking they are real connections?

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Counting the Omer: Week of Hod

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

Hod, as envisioned by Angela Raincatcher />For a primer on the Omer see
Hod, as envisioned by Angela Raincatcher

The fifth week of the Omer focuses on Hod. This sephira is usually interpreted as Awe, Splendor, or Glory. So that means we’ve journeyed from Chesed (Loving Kindness) to Gevurah (Strength) to Tifereth (Beauty/Compassion) to Netzach (Endurance/Victory) and now to Hod.

Hod, like Netzach is a sephira of movement. They are considered to be the right and left feet on the body.   Where Netzach is the ability to overcome obstacles, Hod is what gives us the ability to feel a purpose in life and feel the glory and awe in accomplishments.  Hod is what gives direction to Netzach.

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).

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Counting the Omer: Week of Netzach

For a primer on the Omer see “Week One: Chesed.”  For the schedule of the Omer, see Chabad’s Omer Calendar.
The fourth week of the Omer focuses on Netzach.  This sephira is usually interpreted as VictoryEternity, or Endurance . So that means we’ve journeyed from Chesed (Loving Kindness) to Gevurah (Strength) to Tifereth (Beauty/Compassion) and now to Endurance/Victory. Netzach is a sephira of action.  These are actions of compassion, but are often achieved through negative experiences. Netzach is the power to overcome obstacles.

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