HOD sh b'YESOD
Sephirat HaOmer day 40
Counting Omer 5 full weeks and 5 days of the Omer
"Torah compares to a fig tree; Figs on a tree do not ripen all at once, but a little each day. Therefore, one keeps finding new figs in the tree each day. So too with Torah: The more one studies each day, the more knowledge and wisdom one finds." (Eruvin 54a)
"In that day (of Torah and peace)...everyone will invite his friend in fellowship under his vine and under his fig tree." (Zechariah 3:10)
MANNA from HEAVEN
- Joy Krauthammer
With every breath,
with every taste,
with all my senses,
gratitude I have and give thanks
as I discover miracles
waiting for me this morning.
I laugh with glee
as I find Your babies
Their ripened, wrinkled, rumpled rinds, deflating
from the dense leafy tendrilled vines
thirty feet wide and my height,
fallen to the ground!
I bend, praise You, lower my knees,
drop to the earth
to gather the precious, egg-shaped bounty, protecting
intensely tart tasting, succulent,
transparent, glowing golden sacs, placentas.
Each envelops a small, crunchy black seed.
Hundreds matured, concealed
revealed for my pleasure.
I make the blessing,
ingest Your blessings,
Giver of Life,
this summer season.
Clustered all the way from Gan Eden
beneath giant green leaves,
Figs, when plucked,
exude white sap.
Tender, large, luscious, plump, purple, fresh figs,
symbol of Torah
birthed to enjoy through and through.
In bliss, I lift each sweet sensuous one
up to You.
Figs on the tree, I bequeath
for G*d's other creatures,
as Boaz did in the field
for Ruth, the Moabitess,
to glean and feast in joy.
We taste the mysterious, mystical treasure,
delicate, dry skin and moist flesh,
ripe, bursting forth magenta insides,
awesome to behold, satisfied
I release from the fruit
Holy sparks of life.
I can feel them twinkle
in my mouth and travel within me.
The blesSings of Your Passion and Fig,
I share today with a bride and groom
under their wedding canopy.
- Joy Krauthammer
Manna From Heaven reprinted from:
"The Deronda Review" Vol. 1 No. 2 - Spring-Summer 2008
The Jewish Woman 2008
Joy Krauthammer, MBA is a poet, picture maker, passionate percussionist, sound healer, and gardener living in CA.
Joy's recent favorite "Don't Postpone JOY" topic to teach is:
Simchat Chochmah ~ Joy of Wisdom for Baby Boomers.
The fig is a perfect representation for Simchat Chochmah as it is likened to Torah and the Joy of Wisdom.
Figs and Passion Fruit PHOTOS © Joy Krauthammer
http://sephirathaomer.blogspot.comMay the refinement work of cosmic cleansing that I do on myself during the 49 days of Kabbalistically Counting the Sephirat HaOmer help me to mamash/truly be who I am, and need to become. I desire to delete klipot/husks (negative influences) and again ready myself for Shavuot by strengthening, elevating and perfecting my midot/character traits.