Shade Under Sun
Tonight begins the 19th Day of the Omer (May 1-2, 2006), which is Hod in Tiferet.
Tzelem, image, is not all light. It has shaddow too. Tzelem in Ezekial 16:17 refers to idols made out of gold and silver. In the Brown/Driver/Briggs classic Biblical Hebrew dictionary the definition for tzelem starts, "Image—something cut out, see pesel, idol." Tzelem also has the word for shade/shaddow inside it, tzel.
We are idols made of flesh and bone, mere shaddows of God. Certainly we shouldn't be worshiped. Though not the real thing, we do share some of God's qualities.
Taking refuge in the shade, safe from God's blinding light we can look up and see the canopy illuminated. This illumination is akin to our inspiration.
We can, however, forget to look up. We may, like Adam, delude ourselves into thinking we can hide from God. The shaddow then is no longer a protector from God's blinding light, but a vice to run away.
On this day of Hod in Tiferet, may we find comfort, humility, and protection under the forest's chuppah, while never forgetting to look up and reach out to the light.