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Day Three of Week 3: Tiferet of Tiferet

Day Three of Week 3: Tiferet of Tiferet

17th Day of the Omer

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Examine the compassion of compassion. The expression of compassion and its intensity. True compassion is limitless. It is not an extension of your needs and defined by your limited perspective. Compassion for another is achieved by having a selfless attitude, rising above yourself and placing yourself in the other person's situation and experience. Am I prepared and able to do that? If not, why? Do I express and actualize the compassion and empathy in my heart? What blocks me from expressing it? Am I locked in any way? Is my compassion compassionate or self-serving? Is it compassion that comes out of guilt rather than genuine empathy? How does that affect and distort my compassion? Test yourself by seeing if you express compassion even when you don't feel guilty. Does my compassion come from a sense of duty or is it frivolous? On the other hand: Is my compassion alive; does it resound with vitality, or is it expressed only out of obligation? Is my compassion only a result of being a creature of habit who feels badly when another suffers, or do I actually apply myself to examine and refine my compassion, observing it's limitations and forms of expression? How do I express compassion? Is my compassion beautiful? Is it well rounded? Does it contain the other six elements of tiferet, without which my full compassion remains unrealized.

Exercise for the day: Express your compassion in a new way that goes beyond your previous limitations: express it towards someone to whom you have been callous.

From A Spiritual Guide to the Omer by Simon Jacobson
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Anonymous Mi May 9, 2016

Thank you for your perspective Reply

Yudit Florida April 20, 2015

Todah, thanks so much for this teaching of wisdom and awakening to my soul. Reply

Anonymous May 3, 2014

The Natural mind The natural mind cannot comprehend true compassion it must come from a heart filled with the love of G-D. This type of compassion must come from the Spirit of G-D ruling and reigning in your heart. G-D is love and fill with compassion. He is long suffering toward us. Reply

BA Kress Austin April 28, 2014

Very Nice Thank you for the re-working. Your refinement makes a lovely reflection even lovelier. Reply

Linda Brooklyn, NY April 11, 2013

Tiferet, Chesed, Compassion, and Guilt Loving kindness, compassion and guilt are a complex "pretzel"of emotions which require careful analysis of feelings and relationships. This is what this sefirah time is all about. Thank you for opening this discussion and awakening the depth of the issues involved for our improvement. Reply

BA Kress Austin, Texas April 24, 2012

Limitless? There are so many lovely ideas expressed here. But I think the author gets a bit careless.

Compassion cannot and should not be limitless. It it were, it could be destructive either of the receiver or the giver, or both.

Indeed, among other things, doesn't tiferet balance between chesed and gevurah? Reply

Barbara Radzevicius Sydney, Australia May 7, 2011

Compassion and empathy It is important not to confuse compassion with empathy. They are not the same. Can we ever put ourselves in the shoes of another? It may be arrogant to presume that we know how anyone else feels, thinks. Can we put ourselves in the mind of another? Compassion on the other hand is unconditional love, loving kindness. Reply

beatricepogin blaine, wa May 5, 2011

tiferet of tiferet toda toda/Thank you thank you. Reply

Valdiana Bristol , UK April 18, 2010

TIferet THank you -- perhaps we can touch on why the emphasis on relationships in this explanation of Tiferet -- what happened to Beauty? Perhaps Compassion is Beauty in peoplle's conduct to one another? Reply

Yisroel Cotlar for chabad.org Cary, NC April 18, 2010

Re: There is a subtle difference between them:

Chesed is a pure kindness - one that does not take into consideration the details of receiving end. Try thinking of it as a powerful love that conceals all faults. The issue of whether or not the other person is worthy doesn't even begin. The Chesed just flows.

From the perspective of Tiferet, faults are seen. "Do they really deserve it?" is a question that is asked. Nonetheless, the conclusion is that despite whatever faults exist, the kindness will still be given out of mercy.

Put differently, Chesed is something that comes purely from the giver. Tiferet requires the giver to connect with the receiver and see life from the that perspective. Reply

Valdiana Bristol , UK April 15, 2010

Tiferet sheb Tiferet Hello and thank you for this helpful website. However, you are speaking of Tiferet as though this means Compassion. I thought Chesed contained more Compassion? As Chesed corresponds to 'Loving Kindness' among other definitions. Thank you for making this clearer in your commentaries. Reply

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