Counting the Omer Day Five: Hod of Chesed

Hod of ChesedWe continue our meditation on different aspects of chesed, love. Hod has several different interpretations in the Kabbalah. Literally, it means “glory” or “splendor.” Some also associate it with “hoda’ah,” which means acknowledgement, and some go from acknowledgement to humility. In chasidut, hod is associated with temimut, sincerity.

Sincerity is an important aspect of love. It connotes depth. It’s the difference between love and infatuation. Infatuation can be based on a false image; you can be infatuated with a movie star, but real love requires much greater depth and sincerity. As the Bee Gees put, “How deep is your love?”

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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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