The View from the Top of the Mountain
Tonight begins the 38th Day of the Omer (May 20-21, 2006), which is five weeks and three days of the omer. May that part of me that is broken in Tiferet in Yesod begin to heal on this day.
(Note. The biblical characters of Jacob and Joseph are associated with Tiferet and Yesod respectively.)
Clarity nurtured by perspective.
Jacob had the perspective of history. He knew Joseph had extraordinary powers and he wanted to cultivate him. Joseph was so clear. Waking or sleeping he saw things that others could not.
And yet, this combination of vision and sight didn't produce an easy trajectory for the family of Israel. Jealousy, deception, abuse and loss are key parts of a story that is ultimately about the formation of the people of Israel and its liberation.
Sometimes it is good to get on top of the mountain. It doesn't dispense with the pain. But it puts it in context.