Love on Earth
Tonight begins the 43nd Day of the Omer (May 25-26, 2006), which is six weeks and one day of the omer. May that part of me that is broken in Hesed in Malkhut be healed on this day.
Malkhut is the gateway between that which is above and our life here on earth. Hesed is committed love.
A baby is the product of this world: the desire by a person or a couple for a child; the physical act of conception or insemination; the complicated logistics of adoption; and the sexual act itself; are all testimony to how much becoming a parent is a result of this-worldly efforts.
And yet, the fresh touch of the angel on the baby's upper lip reminds us of the baby's proximity to holiness. The parents' desire to love and teach this child overflow as they bear witness to a most precious gift, surely not of their own making.
On this day of Hesed in Malkhut, the new baby also serves as a metaphor for other aspects of our lives. What are the new ideas, projects, relationships, and improvements that seem like gifts but are also the product of our hard work and desire?