Grace, Generosity, Free-flowing love, Open-heartedness

The first week of the omer is aligned with the attribute of Hesed. As we count the first seven days, we meditate on the aspect of hesed in our lives, in us, and within the Universe. Most often translated as loving-kindness, it connotes generosity and grace. It has a boundless, free-flowing nature. It is a gift given with pure intentions.

In the world of Jewish mysticism it is envisioned as existing in relationship with Gevurah (Power), also known as Din (Judgment). In The Essential Kabblah, Danny Matt teaches that, “Hesed and Gevurah are the right and left arms of God, two poles of the divine personality: free-flowing love and strict judgment, grace, and limitation.”

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Day 29: Paul Silas

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