Counting the Omer Day Six: Yesod of Chesed

Yesod of ChesesdYesod is “foundation,” and chesed is “love” (see Day 1). As we continue our exploration of different aspects of love, today’s, yesod brings together the preceding days.

If you look on the chart of the sefirot to the left you can see that yesod sits in the center of all the sefirot that are above it. Yesod serves as the “foundation” that links everything in the “building,” the structure above, to malkhut, which could be thought of as the world below.

What is the foundation of your love? Is it built on the traits mentioned in the preceding days? Is it a healthy love, with both the expansiveness of pure chesed and the limits from gevurah? Is it based on a real appreciation and understanding of the other person? Is it healthy and reciprocal? Is the other person appropriate to receive your love and to give love to you? (You might want to be cautious about loving someone who’s known as an abuser, for example).

Yesod also represents bonding as it brings together the sefirot above it. Does your love have good bonding? Do you do activities together that bring you closer together?

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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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