Today is both the 45th day of the Counting of the Omer, Tiferet of Malchut, "Compassion in Nobility."
"Malchut,"- Nobility reflects our sense of belonging. You matter and you make adifference just by living and being in connection with others. When youunderstand that part of who you are is noble, that means that you have thecapacity to have sovereignty and leadership over your environment. Sovereigntyis a state of being rather than one of activity. It is an expression of humandignity and we manifest it by our understanding of the majesty of the humanspirit. We represent that majesty through our understanding that we are areflection of a Higher will which raises us above our carnal desires.
The nextunderstanding is that we can feel that, "I am wanted and needed in thisworld. I will always be able to find a comfortable place where I will always beloved. I have nothing to fear and I feel the royalty in my heart."
Tonightalso begins the new month of Sivan. As we begin this hodesh_, this "month", we hadesh, "begin" a new way of thinking: Compassion in ournobility. We need to gain a feeling of responsibility for others: the wish tohelp them actively overcomes their problems. You should take good care ofothers, be concerned for their welfare, help them, serve them, make morefriends, and make more smiles.
God is referred to in the synagogue services as Ha-rachaman (the compassionate one) andas Av harachamim (Father ofcompassion). Since Judaism teaches that human beings, uniquely created in God’simage (Genesis 1:27), are to imitate God’s positive attributes, we should alsobe compassionate. The Talmud states that Jews are to be rachmanim b’nei rachmanim (compassionate children of compassionateancestors) and that one who is not compassionate cannot truly be of the seed ofAbraham.
Compassionsuspends judgment and takes each circumstance equally -- each as a moment oflife to be lived in its fullness. And so,compassion comes with no preconceptions. It has no attitudes. It has no specialface or tone of voice. It is not bound by rules of behavior, decorum,expectations, though it may be guided by all of these things.
Compassionis prepared to meet others wherever they are, recognizing that the circumstanceor challenge they now face is as much a part of their life as any other part oftheir life. Compassion can laugh or cry, joke or commiserate, be curious andinquisitive, chatty or silent. Compassion is not afraid to be fully present,hopeful, or lighthearted. Compassion does not turn away. It is never afraid tosee beauty or find humor or share a fractured heart.
If more Jews become aware of the many beautiful Jewish teachings on compassionand strived to put them into practice, it would have great potential to helprevitalize Judaism and move our imperiled planet toward a more just, humane,and environmentally sustainable path and toward that time when "no oneshall hurt nor destroy in all of God’s holy mountain" (Isaiah 11:9).
Exercise inCompassion in Nobility
When in a leadership position, be organized,make sure that instructions are clear to subordinates, and curtail any excessesthat take away the dignity of the other.
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