This is the day of Hod within Malchut, humility within nobility. Today I am thinking about my mother-in-law, Amy Wolfson, who died last night after a long battle with cancer. Her funeral is Monday. I am thinking about how much she loved her family and how much we will miss her.
If we human beings have any real claim on nobility, it is not because of what we can do with rocket ships, how deeply we can probe into the laws of nature, or how many comforts we can surround ourselves with. It is only in our ability to know each other, care for one another, and, in all humility, recognize how dependent we are upon each other.
Amy Wolfson was an accomplished attorney who worked hard and won recognition. But the thing she cared about more than anything else was her role as a mother to her three children and their spouses, a grandmother to her four grandchildren, A sister to her brother, a faithful friend to her friends, and a leader in her Temple Sisterhood. All she cared about was the way she connected deeply to others. In that, she lived a truly noble and humble life.
On this 47th Day of the Counting of the Omer, I commit to living by her example and finding my nobility, not in conventionally recognized accomplishments, but in the way I form meaningful relationships with others.
May this be a day for you in which you grow in your recognition of your connection to others and, in so doing, arise to your most noble self.
For the introduction to the Counting of the Omer, click on this link:
The First Day of the Counting of the Omer