My Spiritual Journey preparing for Shavuot
With gratitude for the Chesed sh b'Chesed expressed by cousins on Day 1 of Omer Counting on 2nd night of Pesach at Seder.
Dayenu that Merle and Michael Russ invited me (and dayenu, also my sister) for Seder, and Dayenu, they also extended the invitation to a couple dear friends of mine that they didn't know, as well as to all others at their family Seder including their own family with cutest little granddaughter. A visually beautiful table laden with meaningful and personal Pesach ritual symbols and spring flowers to welcome us all.
Following a most delicious meal and conversations about what we stand for on our journeys, with joys and fears, I regretted that I had to race out to do my most days mitzvah. My expressed Chesed is helping a friend who turns 92 next week. I put eye drops into dear Edith's eyes before she goes to bed. Last night I kept her waiting a bit longer as I enjoyed Seder. As I entered Edith's home, she was giving her cat the desired late night snack. The cat would then share love with Edith. Lovingkindness rolls around.
May 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 need to delete klipot/husks (negative influences) and again ready myself for Shavuot by strengthening, elevating and perfecting my midot/character traits.
It feels good to know and recognize that the compassionate action we share as friends,
is because we are created B'Tzelem Elokim, in the image of the Holy One.
"Love your neighbor as yourself" I AM the Eternal One." (Leviticus 19:18)