This is the day of Yesod within Malchut, connection within nobility. Today I am thinking about how nobility is revealed in our relationships with other people. Could there possibly be a better way of demonstrating the highest within us than in the way we connect with others?
One of the great things about my job is that I get to see ordinary people doing extraordinarily noble things. Here are some examples:
• I have seen a group of churches and synagogues come together on their own to set up an emergency food pantry to feed hungry people in the aftermath of the worldwide financial meltdown.
• I have seen people make very generous donations, anonymously, so that the children of strangers could spend the summer at Jewish summer camps.
• I have seen a group of parents – many of whom were paying for their own children's bar and bat mitzvah celebrations – come together to pay for the celebration of another child whose family was going through a crisis.
• Just this week, I have seen a rabbi's grieving family receive an outpouring of sympathy and support from members of the congregation he is about to leave. I have seen the same outpouring of sympathy and support from the congregation he has not yet even begun to serve.
I know that I have been the beneficiary of such noble love and care many times in my life – and right now in particular. I am tremendously grateful. I have seen how people truly merit eternity in the selfless and beautiful things that they do for one another.
On this 48th Day of the Counting of the Omer, I commit to strive toward such nobility myself. I commit to connecting with people in small and profound ways that allow the best to shine through.
May this be a day for you in which you connect to others and discover the highest within yourself.
For the introduction to the Counting of the Omer, click on this link:
The First Day of the Counting of the Omer