Week of Yesod: Foundation, Connection

Let’s go as deep as we can

Into the hard ground,

Softened now by shoots of green

And delicate white flowers.

Let’s go as far as we can

Into the earth,

Among seeds planted

By fallen leaves.


Let’s call each other into places

Where roots grow and life takes form

So each of us,

And all of us together

Can rise in love

And blossom in strength.

As welcome the week of Yesod—Foundation Connection—let us honor the wisdom that rises from the earth, the wisdom of the trees, rivers, mountains and desert. Let us listen to the call of the birds and notice the animals we meet along our way.

And as we walk through our days, let us notice the ground that holds us, the foundation on which we stand.

May our practices this week include calling our representatives, urging them to support legislation and regulations that protect wild places and cares well for the earth.

May the mountains lift up wellbeing,

And the hills call forth justice.

(Psalm 72:3)

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.

Please feel free to join us via call-in for Thursday morning 8-8:30 AM Omer-themed Meditation Sits with Rabbi Yael Levy, or listen to a recording of the Sit posted on Facebook and our Web site soon afterward.

The daily teachings started on Tuesday, April 11 and continue to Shavuot, May 29. The practice as well as Rabbi Yael were featured recently on the Chai Haven Show on New Haven Independent radio, as well as in a 2015 New York Times article.

Each week of the Omer is associated with one of seven sefirot, manifestations of Divine attributes, that the Kabbalists associated with each week between Pesach and Shavuot.

As part of your Omer practice, please consider making a donation in conjunction with a week of the Omer (and its attribute) that resonates for you. If you wish to make a gift in honor or in memory of someone, we will let them know of your gift with an inspirational card.


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