Living on the Edge
Tonight begins the 30th Day of the Omer (May 12-13, 2006), which is four weeks and two days of the omer. May that part of me that is broken in Gevura in Hod begin to heal on this day.
Strength in glory.
Divine justice within divine contemplation.
A flower growing beside a volcano.
Gevurah is calling us to see clearly: the limits, the injustice, the broken. It's a seeing which mobilizes. But this seeing is also dangerous. Rabbi Eliezer's truth-seeing awakened divine forces which were destructive (Baba Metzia 59a).
In the context of Hod, the piercing nature of Gevurah moves from transcendence to imminence. The seeing becomes an unfolding of the micro instead of a critique of the macro.
Does this flower know of the erupting volcano 500 meters away? Is this flower about to be paved over by 1000 degree lava?
No matter what happens, it's a life fulfilled, with no claim on the future.