Omer Counting Journal

by Rabbi Shai Gluskin

Shai Gluskin in Pinnacles National Monument in Central California
Circa 1989 Photo by Barry Bergman

Today is the 38th day of the omer (May 15-16, 2001) which is tiferet in yesod:

Clarity Nurtured by Perspective

Jacob had the perspective of history. He knew Joseph had extraordinary powers and he wanted to cultivate him. Joseph was so clear. Waking or sleeping he saw things that others could not.

And yet, this combination of vision and sight didn't produce an easy trajectory for the family of Israel. Jealousy, deception, abuse and loss are key parts of a story that is ultimately about the formation of the people of Israel and its liberation.

Sometimes it is good to get on top of the mountain. It doesn't dispense with the pain. But it puts it in context.

(Note. The biblical characters of Jacob and Joseph are most often associated with tiferet and yesod respectively.)

Shai Gluskin
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