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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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Joshua May 11, 2017

I would greatly appreciate examples, allegories or analogies if at all possible to further elucidate the lessons of the daily omer exercises. Thank you very much. Reply

Marvin Finkelstein Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, NY 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. Reply

Anonymous harper woods May 23, 2016

Thank you for your perspective Reply

Molly May 21, 2016

I'm not really understanding the connection between humility and compassion...can someone else help me out here? Reply

NM NJ May 15, 2014

Thank you - I like this thought. Reply

BA Kress Austin 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. Reply

Norma Meyer Turnersville, NJ 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. Reply

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