Week 5 - Week of Hod: Presence, Splendor, Glory
The spiritual qualities of Hod, Presence, Glory, Splendor, call us to pause and notice where we are on our journeys.
This week urges us to take time for stillness, to practice patience and set an intention to let things unfold in their own time.
There are signs and messengers here to guide us, Hod teaches. Lift up your eyes, be still and let the Mysterious Presence of life show you the way. And when lost and afraid, return to the present moment by taking note of something that inspires gratitude.
Today, the fourteenth of the month of Iyar, is Pesach Shani—the second Passover. This designation comes from Temple times. When someone was unable to bring their Pesach offering to the Temple on Passover—they were given a second chance to bring the offering on the full moon of this month, Iyar.
What would it be like to offer ourselves, to offer each other, second chances?
A second chance to make something right.
A second chance to forgive, connect, open, speak, listen.
A second chance to give, to receive.
A message of Pesach Shani and the whole month of Iyar is that second chances bring healing. Second chances are gifts that can recreate the world.
May we honor this time by finding the strength and generosity to offer each other and ourselves second chances.
—Rabbi Yael Levy
14 Iyar 5779
The Omer teachings you see here and can receive as nightly email reminders by signing up for our mailing list, are taken from Rabbi Yael Levy's Omer guide, Journey through the Wilderness, which is available as a whole in print or as an ebook.
The daily teachings begin Saturday April 20, 2019, and continue to Shavuot, June 8. Also this year, for the first time, A Way In is offering the opportunity to count together one night a week on Zoom, guided live on video by Rabbi Yael Levy. Every Monday evening at 8:30PM EST Rabbi Yael offers a teaching about the week and the day of the Omer, and we stand together and count the new day. Counting together strengthens and helps inspire our experience and practice. Go to instructions for connecting with Zoom.
The practice as well as Rabbi Yael were featured in a 2015 New York Times article.