We’re in the first week of the 49-day Counting of the Omer. As I shared earlier, Aish HaTorah has organized this counting around 7 important character traits that are part of our humanity. I’ve added some thoughts from the B’rit Hadashah for us to consider.
The first week focuses on Chesed, “loving kindness.”
Day 3 ― Tiferet of Chesed: Compassion, Harmony in Loving-kindness
Harmony in love is one that blends both the chesed (loving kindness) and gevurah (discipline) aspects of love. Harmonized love includes empathy and compassion. Love is often given with the expectation of receiving love in return. Compassionate love is given freely; expects nothing in return ― even when the other doesn’t deserve love. Tiferet is giving also to those who have hurt you.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with feelings of compassion and with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians. 3:12)
Exercise for the day: Offer a helping hand to a stranger.