Yesterday it was Pesach,
and yet we have come through
the time of the counting of the Omer,
and here it is Shavuot--the Feast of Weeks.
Shavuot--Z'man matan torataynu--the season of the giving of our Torah.
Last year, I posted thoughts on the 'tachlis' of this Holy Day--the customs
and folkways, the meaning of Shavuot.
This year I am thinking about Torah as a Tree of Life.
Sephira Gevurah (strength, judgement) alone creates rigidity and lack of compassion. Gevurah is paired with Sephira Chesed (loving kindness), which alone creates weakness and lack of boundaries. Together, the Kabbalist say, Sephirot Gevurah and Chesed creat balance; the stream of loving kindness flows within the banks of strength and judgement. Without Gevurah, the waters of Chesed flood the land and create ruin. Without Chesed, life on the land thirsts and withers and dies.