Week 5: Hod (Majesty, Humility)
As we begin Counting the OmerFrom the second day of Passover until Shavuot, Jews count seven weeks – seven times seven days – to commemorate the period between the Exodus from Egypt and the Revelation at Sinai. When the Temple stood, a certain measure (omer) of barley was offered on the altar each day; today, we merely count out the days., each day’s quality intersects with Hod, inviting us to contemplate various dimensions of majesty or humility. We invited writers to reflect on each daily theme as part of Ritualwell’s annual Omer Fundraising Campaign. You may download a full PDF for this week at the bottom of this page. As you gather inspiration for your Omer journey, please take a moment to support Ritualwell so we can continue to offer you free, meaningful content all year long. Thank you!
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Day 29: HesedLit. Kindness It is said in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) that the world stands on three things: Torah (learning), Avodah (worship), and Gemilut Hasidim (acts of kindness). of Hod
Love within Presence
is here to remind us how to remember.
within our own cells.
we return to our own bones….
finally remember how to fall deeply in love
Day 30: Gevurah of Hod
Humility in Jewish tradition is less about “humbling yourself” and more about balance – “taking up the right amount of space.” This takes discipline. Take the compliment – but don’t believe the hype.
—Rabbi JacobLit. heel Jacob is the third patriarch, son of Isaac and Rebecca, and father to the twelve tribes of Israel. More than any of the other patriarchs, Jacob wrestles with God and evolves from a deceitful, deal-making young man to a mature, faithful partner to God. His Hebrew name is Yaakov. Best Adler
Day 31: Tiferet of Hod
Humility is delicate in nature. If you are too humble, you may diminish yourself. If you are not humble enough, you may diminish others. True humility requires accessing a deep well of compassion for yourself and others.
Day 32: Netzach of Hod
Persist in your letting go into breath, into beauty, into the realness of things. Hod is surrender to what is, and netzach is the will to stay with it when things getA writ of divorce. Traditionally, only a man can grant his wife a get. Liberal Jews have amended this tradition, making divorce more egalitarian. hard. You are part of all this and that is what lasts.
—Rabbi Jill Hammer
Day 33: Hod of Hod
May the Holy Blessed One grant me the humility to accept the things I cannot change. I know I also have the netzach to change the things I can. But today I gratefully awaken to the peace of acceptance.
—Rabbi Micah Weiss
Day 34: Yesod of Hod
When we connect with one another in heartfelt ways, the golden thread between us channels the radiance of Becoming. What gratitude and awe for such depth and beauty!
—Keshira HaLev Fife
Day 35: Malchut of Hod
Today we reach the full embodiment of Divine splendor. Spend time outside, touching some small slice of earth. As you connect, try to dissolve the illusion that our bodies are separate from the earth’s body. Bless the Divine emanation of glory and splendor as it expresses itself through the soil and water of our bodies.
—Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg