Sunday, April 15, 2012

Middot

Its that time again.

Pesach just passed, and we celebrated the 7th day of Pesach (splitting of the sea) recently, then Shabbat.  It was heavy.

In fact that last two festivals have been heavy. Purim was heavy in a good way. it was deep and meaningful.  I finally felt like a bat Melech -King's daughter. for real.   Pesach was heavy because my friend, a very dear friend passed away.  The circumstances in which it happened was devastating, but yet I can't prove anything and so I just play dumb. But it hurts.

So now we are in the time of improving our middot/character traits.  I called it "divestment" because for a while the Black Women Empowerment bloggers were big on that word, so it was a nice buzz word to use.  But whatever we want to call it. Now is the time for fixing our middot.

Middot literally means measures.  Character traits are measures, because what makes a character trait a good one is knowing how much of it to use in which situation. Think of it as cupping your hands to make a bowl.  You use your left and and your right hand and you've got a nice big bowl.   If you should remove either one of the hand, you end up holding less, you get an imbalance.  But with both, you are in shape.  using both your right hand , your right side (kindness, love, giving, etc) and mixing it with your left hand, left side ( strength, restraint, empathy, etc) you get a beautiful combination basket that can hold Torah (meaning, you can understand Torah better. or if you are not Jewish, then you can understand the blue prints of life better).

I guess you can also think of it like a basket made of straw. See how the straws criss-cross each other. you need the up and downs to cross with the side to side straws otherwise you can't hold much before the whole thing falls apart.

Last week was the study of lovingkindness.  This week we work on gevurah (strength, restraint)

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