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 Victory, Eternity, 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.
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 Victory mean in our lives and the world? What does victory mean when experienced through strength or beauty? This is a good week to think about what you are willing to do to achieve your goals. What ends justify what means? What are you willing to endure to achieve your goals? Are the ends worth and worthy of what you will endure?
The fourth week, which explores Netzach (Victory/Endurance), looks like this:
- Loving-kindness within Victory/Endurance
- Strength within Victory/Endurance
- Compassion (Beauty) within Victory/Endurance
- Endurance within Victory/Endurance
- Glory within Victory/Endurance
- Connection within Victory/Endurance
- Majesty within Victory/Endurance
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 Victory/Endurance (Netzach) different than Victory/Endurance (Netzach) within Loving-Kindness (Chesed)? 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.
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.