Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tiferes ShebeHod: Harmony of Acknowledgement

Tonight is the 31st day of the omer (count it here), which corresponds to sefirah-permutation of Tiferes ShebeHod, Harmony of Acknowledgement, or Compassion of Humility.
Tiferes is the Harmony between the opposites of kindness and severity, which usually manifests as Compassion. There is an awareness that there is darkness, but the reaction is to feel pity and compassion for the divine soul that it must endure such exile and be trapped in such a coarse physical body. This bitterness leads one to strive to rise from the dust to cleave to our Father the King, with fiery longing, with all one's heart, even to the point of expiry of the soul.