Counting the Omer: Week 6

Week of Yesod (יסוד) Connection

Welcome to the sixth week of the counting of the omer!

Remember that each week there is a “lead” sephira” and each of the others is put “within” that lead. 

If the concept of counting the omer is new to you — check the introduction for more about this practice.

The sixth week of the Omer focuses on Yesod. This sephira is usually interpreted as Connection,  Foundation, or Bonding.

So that means we’ve journeyed from Chesed (Loving Kindness) to Gevurah (Strength) to Tifereth (Beauty/Compassion) to Netzach (Endurance/Victory) Hod (Gratitude/Receiving/Glory) and now to Yesod.

Yesod is a sephira of emotion and corresponds to the sexual organs.  According to Inner.org, Yesod is the “bridge between the infinite potential of procreation that flows into it and its actual manifestation.”

Once again we look at each of the other seven “lower” sephirot through the lense of this sephira. We begin like every week, with Chesed (loving kindness).

What is your bridge between Loving Kindness and yourself?  What connections do you use to bridge the gaps between yourself and G!d(dess)?  What are the foundations of your life?  What are you attached to?  What shouldn’t you be attached to?  What bonds are you afraid of making but need to make?  What illusions are tricking you into thinking they are real connections?

The sixth week, which explores Yesod (Connection), looks like this:

  1. Loving-kindness within Connection
  2. Strength within Connection
  3. Compassion (Beauty) within Connection
  4. Endurance within Connection
  5. Gratitude/Receiving within Connection
  6. Connection within Connection
  7. Majesty within Connection

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If you Count the Omer at night, then you might want to follow the tradition practices.  RitualWell.org has the full text in masculine and feminine Hebrew, transliterated, and in English.

Since there are many ways to engage with this practice, here are some of my favorites.  I hope you’ll share what techniques and resources you are using to explore, internalize, and understand the practice of counting the omer.

Exploring Yesod:

Omer Resources


Adapted from a post originally written for Peeling a Pomegranate (2003-2013) by Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet

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