The third week of the Omer focuses on Tifereth. 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 (Beauty/Compassion), looks like this:
- Loving-kindness within Beauty/Compassion
- Strength within Beauty/Compassion
- Compassion (Beauty) within Beauty/Compassion
- Endurance within Beauty/Compassion
- Glory within Beauty/Compassion
- Connection Beauty/Compassion
- 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 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.
- Chabad: Week 3, Tifereth
- Telshemesh: Omer Calendar of Biblical Women
- Inner: Tifereth
- Aish: Tifereth
- Wikipedia: Tifereth
- Rabbi Min Kantrowitz: Counting the Omer