Leading by Example
Tonight begins the 33rd Day of the Omer (May 15-16, 2006), Lag Ba'omer, which is four weeks and five days of the omer. May that part of me that is broken in Hod in Hod begin to heal on this day.
Vision and reflection. Teaching and learning. Comfort with self. Leading by example.
In parenting it's that moment when you are about to yell at your child but manage to get a clear image of yourself. A deep breath leads to a short retreat as you pull together a different strategy.
For Moses this occurred after the death of Aaron's eldest sons Nadav and Avihu (Leviticus 10:16-20). Moses got angry when Aaron changed the sacrificial procedure.
The gematria for Hod is 30 which is equivalent to the Hebrew letter lamed. lamed stands for both lilmod, learning, and lilamed, teaching.
This day of self containment is actually quite ideal to light a bonfire and shoot arrows, cut hair, and have weddings. The danger of revelry is mitigated when the forces of rootedness are being purified.