Counting the Omer Day 13: Yesod of Gevurah

Yesod of GevurahToday’s aspect of this week’s trait, gevurah (strength/discipline/judgment) is yesod, which represents both foundation, as it’s at the base of the other sefirot, and bonding, as it pulls the other sefirot together.

What’s the foundation for your discipline? Is it based on awareness of all the principles we’ve explored earlier this week? Is it based on a concern for others? When you discipline or criticize another person does it foster “bonding,” or does it foster distance? Normally criticism results in distance. It takes a great deal of effort for discipline or criticism to be something that can draw people together. But if it’s both given and received constructively, it can help, not harm a relationship.

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Barry Leff

Rabbi Barry (Baruch) Leff is a dual Israeli-American business executive, teacher, speaker and writer who divides his time between Israel and the US.

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