This is the day of Malchut within Hod, nobility within humility. On this day, I think about how our usual conception of nobility is far from humble – which makes it far from what true nobility should be. From television and movies, we tend to think of "noble" characters as being proud to the point of arrogance, but the highest nobility is in recognizing the nobility of service to others.
Every month, members of the congregation I serve volunteer in a soup kitchen at a local church. They stir huge pots of pasta. They make hundreds of tuna fish sandwiches. They greet hungry people with kindness and respect. Then they sponge down the counters, wash the dishes and sweep the floors. Is such lowly work noble? Of course it is. I believe it to be of the highest order of nobility. We become our most noble when we lower our egos enough to lift others up.
On this 35th day of the Counting of the Omer, I commit to reaching higher within by finding human commonality with others. May this be a day in which you strive toward your most noble self in the way you see every human being as your fellow.
For the introduction to the Counting of the Omer, click on this link:
The First Day of the Counting of the Omer