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Day Three of Week 5: Tiferet of Hod

Day Three of Week 5: Tiferet of Hod

31st Day of the Omer

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Examine if your humility is compassionate. Does my humility cause me to be self-contained and anti-social or does it express itself in empathy for others. Is my humility balanced and beautiful? Or is it awkward?

Just as humility brings compassion, compassion can lead one to humility. If you lack humility, try acting compassionately, which can help bring you humility.

Exercise for the day: Express a humble feeling in an act of compassion.

From A Spiritual Guide to the Omer by Simon Jacobson
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May 23, 2016
The coins and the missing case
Today on approaching the subway was the usual homeless person asking for money.
Though I missed the minimum amount of fifty cents or one dollar quite substantially, I gave only thirty eight cents, still it was better than nothing.
A case that we were looking for that was misplaced suddenly showed up this morning, I typed the new label and the case was sent on its way.
Tzedakah does work. The other two; well in Kew Gardens Hills there is Kesser Torah and have to get back to work otherwise I will continue to steal time.
Marvin Finkelstein
Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, NY
May 23, 2016
Thank you for your perspective
Anonymous
harper woods
May 21, 2016
I'm not really understanding the connection between humility and compassion...can someone else help me out here?
Molly
May 15, 2014
Thank you - I like this thought.
NM
NJ
May 15, 2014
A Reply to Norma Meyer
I wonder if an answer to your question is "inbuilt" in the operation of certain mitzvot.

We are commanded, for example, to correct one who does wrong (such as the type of person you reference), but we must do so in private, with compassion, and in no way in a shaming manner.

This way of responding seems to embody all the values in this week's lessons. We show compassion both to the victim and the victimizer. And we act with the knowledge that we all should be humble to our G-d by living true to divine expectations.
BA Kress
Austin
May 7, 2012
Humility
I am curious if anyone has thoughts about the function of humility in social dealing with people who are passive-aggressively rude. I have become increasingly aware of a growing practice in people to be rude in social dialogue. Sometimes this is presented as "humor," other times not.
While resisting the temptation to retort, I am curious if there is a facet of humility which can help.
Norma Meyer
Turnersville, NJ
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