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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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The Sefirah Week 2

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Counting the Omer is a Mitzvot. We are Commanded by The Lord God to count the Omer each year following the day of Passover. Our Sages Teach that one of the many purposes for counting the Omer for forty-nine days is because The People of Israel had fallen to the forty-ninth level of impurity. The purpose of counting the Omer is for us as a people to rise out of our impurity to receive Ha Torah on the fiftieth day.


חֶסֶד שְׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Lovingkindness Restores Strength

Love is the foundation and motivation for Strength. Gevurah without love has no foundation. Love is NOT a crutch of tolerance for improper actions. Loving kindness is the reverse. Lovingkindness guides one's discipline. When discipline is necessary. Lovingkindness is required in the training / teaching of modesty, ethics, middot and proper appropriate actions. Without Lovingkindness discipline is only viewed as punishment.


A principle in Judaism is Lovingkindness. Rabbi Hillel, Head of the Sanhedrin was asked by a Noachide to summarize, the 613 Observances of Ha Torah. Rabbi Hillel Said, Whatever you consider to be hateful do not that to your fellow man. This is the whole of Ha Torah; the rest is mere commentary Sabbath 31a. Through these words, Hillel expressed a foundation stone within Ha Torah. Moral law requires the Biblical precept of brotherly love.


Leviticus 19.18

You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.


גְּבוּרָה שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Strength restores Strength

Before we can understand how Strength Restores Strength we must first comprehend and accept the Biblical principle of brotherly love. For Strength to properly restore or return, Strength, Lovingkindness must be present. Just as one is required to love their neighbor as they would themselves one is required to discipline themselves with love and our neighbor with love. Each of our lives requires self-restraint. We understand we must place boundaries that discipline our actions. In this same vein, one acknowledges responsibilities that MUST be kept. Keeping responsibilities that we do not enjoy or detest requires discipline. This is where Strength restores Strength.


גְּבוּרָה Gevurah is very powerful. Gevurah must be used with caution and in limited measure. The Gematria of Gevurah is 216. The Gematria of יָרֵאָה Yaw Ray Awh Fear... Reverence... Terror... Dread... Awe... is also 216.


גבורה

Gevurah / Strength

ג3 ב2 ו ר20606 ה5 = 216


יראה

Yaw Ray Awh

י10ר200 א1 ה5 = 216


תִּפְאֶרֶת שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Beauty Restores Strength

תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiferet / Beauty... Glory... Magnificence... Grandeur... Honor are each between Chesed / Lovingkindness and Gevurah / Strength. Beauty can only be accomplished when there is Honor between both Strength and Kindness. Glory, Grandeur and Magnificence are accomplished when Strength and Kindness operate Spiritually as directed in Ha Torah, i.e. in complete cooperation. They find balance and harmony.


נֶצַח שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Endurance Restores Strength

Simply put when the balance between Strength and Kindness operates properly this causes the נֶצַח Endurance of Strength. נֶצַח Netzach, often requires tenacious balancing and rebalancing of Strength and Kindness thus maintaining the beauty that is enduring.


הוֹד שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Humility Restores Strength

הוֹד / Hod is the capsulation of Lovingkindness, Strength, Beauty, and Endurance. The balance and harmony of these four are the foundations for Hod. Hod is the absence of arrogance. Hod is selflessness. Hod is absent of human bias.


יסוֹד שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Bonding restores Strength

How difficult is it bonding with a humble, loving, kind, strong, beautiful individual who endures trials by being flexible? When an individual disciplines theirself a great deal more than others as discussed in Gevurah, we see and feel the strength that creates the atmosphere for bonding. Certain individuals bond well with others. Why?


מַלְכוּת שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Kingdom restores Strength

מַלְכוּת / Malkhut is the very base for each of the other six steps of Gevurah. We must work from our heart of Lovingkindness and strength towards the Royalty of Malkhut / Kingdom. One accomplishes Royalty through self-restraint and giving of one's self. This type of dignity is not the power to take but the power to give. Royalty like this comes from the honor one gives to others.


We honor the Lord God. The Lord God is King, Creator, and Master Over All! How can Royalty rise higher than Humility? It is exactly the opposite. Royalty results from greater humility. We turn to Moshe as an example. Moshe greatness resulted in part because he was humble.


Chodesh Echad - The beginning of Months - Exodus 12.1 - 2


10 Chodesh Echad - Take a lamb - Exodus 12.3


14 Chodesh Echad - Slaugher the Pesach Lamb - Exodus 12.6


15 Chodesh Echad - The People of Israel were delivered from Egypt by the powerful hand of the Lord. First Sedar Meal


16 Chodesh Echad - The Festival of Unleavened Bread - Begin counting the Omer.


15 days of Chodesh Echad

30 days of Chodesh Sheini

45 days from Mitzrim - This would be the 44th day of counting the O m e r.


1 Chodesh Sh'lishi - This would be the 45th day of counting the O m e r.


In my book entitled The Biblical Historical Calendar Book There is a page entitled: The Chronology of B'nei Yisroel's Exit From Mitzriam / Egypt to the Receiving of Ha Torah on Har Sinai. This page provides a breakdown of the dates and cooresponding events in The Holy Scriptures from exiting Egypt to receving The Torah. Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk, The Biblical Historical Calendar Book (Cedar Hill, Missouri - B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC Publishers, 2013) p 68


Exodus 19.1 - 6

In the third month, when The People of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from Rephidim, and had come to the desert of Sinai, and had camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up to God, and The Lord Called to him from The Mountain, Saying, You shall say this to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel; 'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles wings, and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will obey My Voice indeed, and keep My Covenant, then you shall be My own treasure among all peoples; for all the earth is Mine; And you shall be to Me a Kingdom of Priests, and a Holy Nation. These are the words which you shall speak to The People of Israel.


Shemot 19.6

וְאַתֶּם תִּהְיוּ־לִי מַמְלֶכֶת כֹּהֲנִים וְגוֹי קָדוֹשׁ אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר תְּדַבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: ז 


We are instructed to Obey The Lord's Voice and to Observe His Covenant. Doing these will make us The Lord's Treasure among all peoples of the earth and we will be a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation to The Lord.


Priests are royalty. Think about what priests do?



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Rebbetzin Revi's Reflections


Equanimity versus Agitation

Acceptance of the Present Moment


By Rebbetzin Brachah Rivkah Belk

 

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Man's soul is the L-rd's lamp, which searches out all the innermost parts. Mishlei (Proverbs)20.27

 

Equanimity is a state of mental or emotional stability or composure arising from a deep awareness and acceptance of the present moment.

 

When the mind is settled man has free choice and the control over his spirit to take the time to focus his thoughts upon exercising his sovereignty over his animal spirit and to device strategies that activate or restrain his animal spirit for his personal benefit in this world and in the World to come.  Cheshbon ha Nefesh Rabbi Mendel of Santanov page109

 

My son, keep the commands of your father, and do not forsake the instruction of your mother.  Bind them always upon your heart, tie them upon your neck.  When you walk, it shall lead you; when you lie down, it shall guard you, and when you awaken, it shall speak for you.  For a Commandment is a Candle, and the Torah is Light, and disciplining rebukes are the way of life;  Mishlei (Proverbs) 6.20-23

 

Acceptance of the present moment.

 

What a goal that is and extremely daunting.  To have true freedom of choice we must be able to control our emotions so that we can choose the correct path to take in any circumstance.  Each and every moment of our lives is a Gift from our Creator.  What we do with that gift is our choice.  We often look back over times in our lives where in certain circumstances we wish we had made better choices.  The past is the past and that cannot be changed.  We can, however  begin a new path that will G-d Willing be full of better choices.

 

Let's take a look at equanimity.

 

Equanimity in Hebrew is menuchat hanefesh.  This phrase literally means settling of the soul.  When life throws multiple curve balls and when things don't go as planned or expected we can react horribly, allowing anger and frustration to control us and getting caught up in the drama of being busy, stressed and challenged.  The story of Noah and the flood (Noah's name comes from the same route as menucha, resting or settling.) provides some insight.  The raging flood waters represent the unpredictability of life.  We can be caught up in the craziness and the drama of these waters and possibly drown, or we can be in the ark, rising above them and, from that perspective, have a more powerful effect in the world and with those around us.  Equanimity is the quality of being able calmly to take all that life throws at us in our stride. 

 

Most of us are so accustomed to our own reactions to different situations, so defined even, by our anger, impatience or arrogance and we think that our patterns of behavior are just who we are and we cannot really change

 

The soul that inhabits our body has its work defined for it from the beginning, there is a known quantity to the lessons that this soul needs to learn in its lifetime and that every day is going to throw us opportunities to work on this, yet we have absolute free choice in how we respond to what we get. 

 

From the ten Sefirot the soul derives its corresponding ten soul-powers, all of which have names identical to the Sefirot.

 

(Keter - Crown; Subconsious)

 

[INTELLECTUAL]

Chochmah - Wisdom; Conception; Seminal Point; the Aha Moment; Lightning

Binah - Understanding; Comprehension; Articulation; Building; Expansion

(Daat - Knowledge; Attachment; Application; Internalization)

 

[EMOTIONAL]

Chesed - Kindness; Love; Giving; Attraction

Gevurah - Strength; Restraint; Discipline; Judgment

Tiferet - Beauty; Harmony; Empathy; Mercy

 

[FUNCTIONAL]

Netzach - Victory; Ambition; Fortitude

Hod - Splendor; Devotion; Humility

Yesod - Foundation; Bonding

Malchut - Kingdom; Royalty

 

We won't be studying these - they are included so that going forward we will have a reference if needed.  Let's continue our journey, the path through the garden of our soul.  We need a bit more study on equanimity to ensure we have a solid foundation to walk on.

 

Blessings and Peace

 

Rebbetzin Revi


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