Week 3 - The Week of Tiferet: Radiance, Balance, Harmony, Truth
As Shabbat ends, we welcome Tiferet, the third week of the Omer, as well as the new month of Iyar.
Iyar, which includes a full month of Omer counting, brings expansive light, healing energy and the opportunity for second chances.
The light of Iyar shines as the days grow longer all month. The mystics teach that the Iyar light comes from beyond creation and illuminates the sparks of our souls. The light calls us to weave connections and seek harmony.
The healing of Iyar is related to the experience of the Israelites leaving Egypt and crossing the sea. After the Israelites reached the shores of their new life, they sang, celebrated -- and then were besieged by doubt and fear. “What have we done?” They cried. In that moment, the Mystery called, “I am Yod Heh Vav Heh, your Healer.” (Exodus 15:26)
Iyar is an acronym for this phrase and the promise the Divine Mystery has made to us all: “I am your healer. On life’s journeys, you will face seas of struggle, celebration, fear and joy, and whatever comes, I am there to heal and guide you.”
Iyar is a month of second chances because the full moon of Iyar provides the opportunity to make up for something that has been missed. During Temple times, it was considered essential for a person’s spiritual and material well-being to complete a Passover sacrificial offering. If circumstances kept someone from someone from making this offering during the Passover period, he/she was given another opportunity to do so on the 15th of the month of Iyar.
Iyar says it is never too late. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, no matter how far away we have traveled from our intentions or goals, it is possible to find our way back.
As we welcome the week of Tiferet and the new month of Iyar, may we be strengthened and inspired by the beauty and light that shine forth from each other and the magnificence of creation.
May this month bring healing to our bodies and souls, to our country, the world and all the earth.
And may we act with courage, forgiveness and love, allowing for ourselves and others the gift of second chances.
-- Rabbi Yael Levy