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Quotes from
"Spiritual Guide to the Counting of the Omer"
by Rabbi Simon Jacobson

9th day of the Omer:
Gevurah of Gevurah - discipline within discipline

Examine the discipline factor of discipline: Is my discipline reasonably restrained or is it excessive? Do I have enough discipline in my life and in my interactions ? Am I organized ?
Exercise for the day:
Make a detailed plan for spending your day and at the end of the day see if you've lived up to it?

12th day of the Omer:
Hod of Gevura - humility within discipline
The results of discipline and might without humility are obvious. The greatest catastrophes
have occurred as a result of people sitting in arrogant judgment of others.
Exercise for the day
Before judging anyone, insure that you are doing so selflessly with no personal bias.




14th day of the Omer: Malchut of Gevurah - nobility within discipline
Discipline, like love, must enhance personal dignity. discipline that demoralizes a person will backfire. Healthy discipline should bolster self-esteem and help elicit the best in a person, cultivating his sovereignty.
Does my discipline cripple human spirit ? Does it weaken or strengthen me and others ?
Exercise for the day:
When disciplining your child or student, foster his self respect.

15th day of the Omer:
Chesed of Tiferet
- Lovingkindness within Compassion

Compassion merges and unites the free flow of loving kindness with discipline of Gevuarah. Tiferet possesses this power by introducing a third dimension -- the dimension of truth, which is neither nor discipline and therefore can integrate the two.
Truth is accessed through selflessness: rising above your ego and your predispositions, enabling you to realize a higher truth.Truth gives you a clear and objective picture of your needs and others. Imbalance between love and discipline is the result of subjective and limited vision. Prejudice must be abolished to express emotions in healthier ways.
Self-test questions for the love aspect of Compassion:
Is my compassion tender and loving or does it come across as pity?
Is my identification with the other from a place of submission or ownership?
Is my mercy expressed enthusiastically or lifeless?
Daily challenge: When helping someone, extend yourself in the fullest way. Offer a smile or a loving word.
19th day of the Omer:
Hod of Tiferet
- Humility within Compassion

If compassion is not to be condescending and pretentious, it must include humility. Hod is recognizing that my ability to be compassionate and giving does not make me better than the recipient. It is the acknowledgment and appreciation that by creating one who needs compassion, G-d gave me the gift of being able to bestow compassion. Thus, there is no place for haughtiness in compassion.
Do I feel superior because I am compassionate ? Do I look down at those who need my compassion ? Am I humble and thankful to G-d for giving me the ability to have compassion for others ?
Exercise for the day:
Express compassion in an anonymous fashion, without taking any personal credit.
(from the book - "Spiritual Guide to the Counting of the Omer" by Rabbi Simon Jacobson)



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