Today is the 30th day, making four weeks and two days of the Omer. Strength within Presence / Discipline in Humility: Gevurah within Hod.
I just came from the second class in a series of three on Torah and Hasidism, taught by Eugene Sotirescu. My head is spinning. He connected a brief passage of Torah with a Hasidic Master's commentary on it, and then a passage from the Zohar regarding the same text. The Zohar is the foundational work of Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah, only now finally getting a good English translation. Oy vey as they say. It was difficult, it was fun, it was opaque, it was a puzzle.
I found myself remembering that I had done a mixed media piece years ago using a partially squeezed tube of Zohar Kosher Toothpaste. I must have either sold it or given it away - I don't have it anymore. I came home tonight wanting more Zohar Kosher Toothpaste! I googled it. The company still exists, but it is British. And they make other products too. The prices were in pounds, and I can't imagine the shipping costs. I don't even remember where or how I got that tube of Zohar Kosher Toothpaste long ago. Looks like it will be my only one...
There is a reason that sometimes the Sefirot, the Tree of Life, is shown upside down with its roots in the sky!