On The Mystical Shape of the HoopHead

Over the next seven weeks, we will journey through the Omer and 49 combinations of the seven lower sefirot through the language and imagery of basketball.

Each day, we will select one basketball player who best embodies the combination of sefirot for that week and day and whose jersey matches the day. That’s it. We’re not selecting the best player to wear each number and we’re not selecting our favorite player. We’re creating the primordial basketball player, both the prototype and the ideal.

Catch up on what you’ve missed and find each day’s selection here.

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Day 49: Malchut & Shekhinah

Today is Day 49 of the Omer. Malchut sheb’malchut. Within Kingship there is Kingship. What an amazing feeling to be counting the final day of the Omer, Day 49, where we feel the fullness of this journey from redemption to revelation. Reflecting each day on the combination of sefirot, gives us a way to understand G-d and know ourselves better. In many ways, malchut sheb’malchut … Continue reading Day 49: Malchut & Shekhinah

Day 48: Nazr Mohammed

Today is Day 48 of the Omer. Yesod sheb’malchut. Nobility that leads to Foundation. After winning two NCAA championships in three seasons at Kentucky, Nazr Mohammed left college 18 credit hours short of his bachelor’s degree, to become a first round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers.  He established himself as a solid backup center, averaging 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds a game for 8 teams over … Continue reading Day 48: Nazr Mohammed

Day 47: The Computer

Today is Day 47 of the Omer. Hod sheb’malchut. Nobility that manifests as humility.  The first player to win championships at every level – high school, college, NBA, and the Olympics, and one of only three to ever do it, was Jerry Lucas. He was an All-American in high school, the 2x National Player of the Year at Ohio State, and a 7x All-Star in … Continue reading Day 47: The Computer

Day 46: All of Australia

Today is Day 46 of the Omer. Netzach sheb’malchut. Impacting winning by realizing potenial. On Day 44, we began to explore malchut as the full realization of one’s potential. Few recent NBA players have done a better job of it than Aaron Baynes.  Baynes was born in New Zealand, but moved to Australia when he was three and plays for the Australian National Team. He … Continue reading Day 46: All of Australia

Day 45: His Airness

Today is Day 45 of the Omer. Tif’eret sheb’malchut. Royal equanimity. Rumor has it that Michael Jordan was heartbroken not to be selected on Day 23 of the Omer. However, I have good news for His Airness: you are our selection for Day 45, tif’eret sheb’malchut.  The third day of the week of the week of malchut (kingship), is represented by tif’eret, the aspect of … Continue reading Day 45: His Airness

Day 44: The Logo

Today is Day 44 of the Omer. Gevurah sheb’malchut. Nobility that leads to power.  In 1960, after helping to lead the US Olympic team to a gold medal, Jerry West entered the NBA as the 2nd overall draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers. In his first year, West became an All-Star, an honor he earned every year of his 14 year career.  West was … Continue reading Day 44: The Logo

Day 43: Jack Sikma

Today is Day 43 of the Omer. Hesed sheb’malchut. Kingship that leads to loving-kindness.  Tonight begins the seventh and final week of the Omer, the week of malchut, or kingship. This week we’ll be highlighting players with championship DNA, who have contributed to title-winning teams. On Day 43, hesed sheb’malchut, our final choice came down to two very different players with very similar last names, … Continue reading Day 43: Jack Sikma

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