Tiferet b’Gevurah—Compassion within Discipline—asks us to locate appropriate warmth and kindness within a framework of boundaries. In the book of Isaiah, the prophet mourns our disconnection from God and from our home as a result of our own actions—injustice, selfishness, and hypocrisy. Later on in the book, though, that connection is refreshed as we learn that we will be returning home. Isaiah’s imaginings of God’s words to our people evokes deep compassion, held up alongside an acknowledgement of the boundaries and expectations that exist for our future behavior. Unconditional love and compassion can and must exist within a disciplined framework—in our relationship with God and with one another.
Gather You Together
English words & music by HannahHannah is the mother of the prophet Samuel, who, through her prayers, is rewarded a child. She herself is also considered a prophet. Hannah's intense devotional style of prayer becomes the model, in rabbinic Judaism, for prayer in general. Spiro