Friday, April 19, 2013

Counting the Omer with Visual Journaling - Day 25

Today is the 25th day, making three weeks and four days of the Omer. We are half-way to Sinai!  This is the third day I had to use only one side of the journal instead of both sides, because that finished Volume I.  Tomorrow starts the second journal that gets us all the way to Shavuot. Today is Netzach within Netzach.  I had written: "This Shabbat is double Netzachdik.  What does it mean?"  Rabbi Simon Jacobson says Endurance within Endurance.  Rabbi Yael Levy says Eternity within Eternity.

In the light of the recent terrorism in Boston, Rabbi Jacobson's words resonate:  "Examine the endurance aspect of endurance, its expression and intensity.  Everyone has willpower and determination.  We have the capacity to endure much more than we can imagine, and to prevail under the most trying of circumstances."  

It's good to know we can make it through, but it is not a world of endurance through trying circumstances that I wish for my grandchildren.  Perhaps because Endurance within Endurance falls on Shabbat this year, it is an opportunity to quietly go within and find the hope for a saner better world.

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