Tif’eret, often translated as beauty, compassion, or harmony, is the perfect integration of hesed (love) and gevurah (power). So on Day 3 of the Omer, we are going with the woman that Doris Burke calls the “most versatile women’s basketball player that we have ever laid eyes on.”
The 2x WNBA MVP and the 2016 WNBA champion is the perfect blend of power and finesse. She garnered attention for her dunks, but if that’s all you see, you’re missing out one of the greatest to ever play the game. She handles like a guard and finishes like a center. At 6’4” she can punish you on the inside and still take you out on the wing to shoot the three or dribble by you.
To list all of her accomplishments would fill up the entire post. She has won championships and the MVPs at every level she has played. You can’t go wrong picking Parker highlights, but watch this grainy high school footage to see the combination of skills, power, and dominance at an early age.
Tif’eret sheb’hesed is a the harmony that emerges from a deep place of love and it’s clear that Candace Parker is motivated by a deep love for her daughter. She likes to say “that her daughter chose her.”
“I have a really cool daughter, and we love each other,” Parker said. “That’s my best friend. I know she’s growing up, but I hope to continue to remain close with her because she’s a special kid.” That is the source of love that drives Parker’s special blend of power and finesse.