[Yesterday's Omer Counting Reflection]
A week devoted to our internal upright nature, the part of us that holds up rigorous standards, and seeks justice.
This is the week of g'vurah - the strong arm of our personalities.
The first day of every week of the Omer starts with chesed - loving-kindness.
When we start with kindness, our justice will be tempered with mercy.
When we start with love, our high standards will be softened with forgiveness.
When we start with compassion, our strict clinging to rules will be infused with a bending that is stronger than any easily snapped brittleness.
Let our strength be guided by love.