CHEVREI: quick note to point out that we count now by days and weeks. we have tallied the first week with tonight’s counting! baruch haShem. for cbs’ers, we will not meet this sunday….there’s no room at the inn! chag sameach and shabbat shalom….r’av yo
“for from You is all, and from Your hand we have given to You”
David haMelech, who exemplifies rectified malchut (‘sovereignty’) points this out in 1 Chronicles 29:14. we see immediately that even the great king has nought which to give save that which is given him by G’d. in malchut the left-side sefirot flow most keenly to create a ‘negative’ space (not a downer space!), a receiving space, which the giving flow of the right-hand sefirot promptly fills. and what of the middle road down the tree through tiferet and yesod? well, self-consciousness, a balanced and rectified awareness is the marker of the middle path in the decidedly female directed malchut.
so we see in malchut she b’chesed the work of the left-side in creating the cleared path that is needed to walk with G’d, and the work of the right-side in naturally flowing in that cleared path with a rush of goodness, and the balanced, steady harmony of the middle flow elevating the clearing and filling into wholeness.
malchut in chesed is full ripeness of chesed, channeled now as it must be, but flowing freely in a position of power, operative in the wholeness of harmony in sovereignity. wow. that was a sentence, eh?
what it means for us in the count today is that we have achieved a week of the count. why is that significant? because the mitzvah is to count the weeks complete, that is, whole. shalem, shalom. entire. and because we are blessed this year with a special calendar alignment of the shabbat with the counting of the weeks, we will all be welcoming malchut as the sabbath bride herself. it is a perfect, complete week. baruch haShem. shabbat oneg (joy) and shabbat menuchah (contentment) rule in chesed this week. make this a giving, ripe shabbat for all around you. rule your shabbat with wave-rolling, righteous-aware loving-kindness, and bring it out of shabbat with you when you re-enter the coming week, for the count continues on the other side in the sefirah of gevurah.
mussar for malchut she b’chesed
malchut-chesed with another….bein adam l’chaveiro what would a regal but giving malchut be? perhaps one who would not begin shabbat rest without designating a certain act of loving kindness to run out from shabbat into the week. perhaps a special set aside of tzedakah to be delivered after shabbat? the JUF is at cbs this sunday, i believe…an opportunity, perhaps. or maybe an organizing of time in the coming week…to spruce up the cbs section of the cemetary? wrangling the efforts of others to do chesed shel emet?
malchut-chesed with yourself….bein adam l’atzmo during the week of the song of the sea, we frequently the story of nachman ben aminadav, who took the first leap (the very meaning of ‘pesach’ after all is leap, not “pass”, but leapover) into the void created by the pulled-back waters. there is chesed shel emet, for only with a perfect faith could nachman have known that he would even survive the step! be a nachman! take a leap and risk drowning in your shabbat rest this week. just do it!
kabbalah for malchut she b’chesed
in assiyah….the world of doing/completion on shabbat, of course, the completion rules and the doing eases into deliberately limited classes. Deuteronomy teaches us something important about the ruler that the People will elevate: “when the ruler is seated on the royal throne, the ruler shall have a copy of this Torah written for the ruler alone on a scroll …let it remain with the ruler and let the ruler read in it throughout life, so that the ruler may learn to revere G’d…” study Torah this shabbat as though your understanding of it would set the standard for the kingdom, and know that your own lifestyle would be the model for all around you. are you a worthy ruler?
in yetzirah….the world of feeling/formation G’d is Melech haOlam. this shabbat you are in malchut of your locus in the universe. you are struck in the image of royalty, right? well, enjoy being a daughter or son of the royal family today. you have unique access to the melech haolam, delight in it….nap the nap of a queen, eat with the hearty lust of a king….and feel the possibility of whole (and wholesome) power of the divine within you.
in b’riyah….the world of thought/creation a royal can decree things. your domain this day is shabbat, so issue an edict that a new blessing is to be said. write a blessing, or a psalm as did David haMelech…he wrote well more than a hundred! but he started with just 1.
in atzilut….the world of nearness to G’d/intuition malchut is a receptacle to be filled and overfilled so as to share the bounty with all the People. “You prepare a table for me in the midst of my adversity and moisten my head with oil. surely my cup is overflowing and goodness and kindness will follow me all the days of my life. and in the long days beyond, i will always live within You house.” G’d’s house here on earth is shabbat, so meditate on letting the wholeness of shabbat overflow into your weekday life….to always live in G’d’s house.
kinyan 7 of 48 ways to acquire Torah
Simcha….just plain Joy. acquire the Torah in Psalm 5:12…and be embraced by joy:
“but as for me–bathed in Your encircling kindness i enter your house, bow myself down before Your Presence in awe and wonder…then all who put their trust in You will rejoice….will shout out their joy in your protection…will exult in You all who love Your unsayableness. for You bless the faithful, circling around them round like a shield.”