Counting the Omer Day 42: Malchut of Yesod

Malchut is not only leadership and sovereignty; it is also symbolic of the not just the king, but the king of kings, of God. The kabbalists teach that Malchut is the sefirah through which God becomes manifest in our world. To we bring God into our connections with other people? Can we see the divine in our friends? Do our relationships help make God’s presence greater in the world, or God forbid do they diminish God’s presence? As we are all created by God, when we interact with others, when we bond with others, we are also bonding with God. Recognizing the holy spark in others can be a way to find a bond even with people you would not normally expect to find a connection with. Rebbe Nachman taught it is important to go to the lowest most base places, and raise the holy sparks in the people who are there. Our circle of bonding becomes much larger when we can see the Godly in everyone.

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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