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Day Four of Week 3: Netzach of Tiferet

Day Four of Week 3: Netzach of Tiferet

18th Day of the Omer


Is my compassion enduring and consistent? Is it reliable or whimsical? Does it prevail among other forces in my life? Do I have the capacity to be compassionate even when I’m busy with other activities or only when it's comfortable for me? Am I ready to stand up and fight for another?

Exercise for the day: In middle of the busy day take a moment and call someone that needs a compassionate word. Defend someone who is in need of sympathy even if it's not a popular position.

From A Spiritual Guide to the Omer by Simon Jacobson
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May 2, 2014
I have always done this. I don't know where I learned it or why.. I only know my compassion for others has always been there. Helping the poor. The needy. Children without homes. Anyone who needs help, god sends me where I need to be. This position has caused problems at home as I offer my home for a shower, laundry, a safe place to rest. And a good meal especially on Shabbat. But no matter, I still do it.. and wish more of us did too.
Phoenix, Az.
April 12, 2013
Compromising with compassion.

Thank you for sharing that.
Eugina Giovanna Herrera
New York City, New York
April 12, 2013
Shabbos Note
Just a note: this year, netzach of tiferet falls on Shabbos, so the exercise doesn't seem to apply.
Waterloo, ON
April 4, 2013
I particularly like Rabbi Jacobson's suggestions for how to manifest netzach of tiferet.

It's a lot easier to feel compassion in "our free time," when we can "afford" to be compassionate. The real victory comes when compassion is our constant companion and shows itself, not when it's convenient for us, but rather when the others on our path need it.
BA Kress
Austin, Texas
April 24, 2012
Thank you, I needed that. More food already, this so wonderful, I'm grateful.
April 24, 2012
Showing sympathy
I did a Google search for the definitions of, both, sympathy and compassion. They are synonymous with each other and with pity. Isn't it a sin to show pity or to pity someone? I understand there is a higher meaning for the word compassion than pity, and that the above spiritual guide is making a different point, but I just wanted to address the technicalities of using the words themselves.
May 6, 2011
Calling during the day
I doubt you absolutely have to call on company time. Everyone gets a lunch break, so call on that time which is your own and on your own cell phone.
New Port Richey, FL
April 27, 2009
Making a call during a busy day
Of course most of us do it, but according to a strict approach based on Mesilat Yasharim (and maybe other Jewish ethical teachings), making a personal (albeit compasssionate) call during a business day would be considered stealing from the employer. Please comment.
S. Rodnyansky
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