Today marks the first day of the week of Netzach in the counting of the Omer, which is roughly translated as ‘eternity’ or ‘victory’. Where the first three sefirot are fairly easy to understand and grasp, the next three in line: Netzach, Hod and Yesod, require more explanation, even at the more simple level.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber wrote a great book called Sefiros, that does a very good job of bringing down the deeper concepts related to each week of counting the Omer. This is a little of what he writes about Netzach:
“Netzach gives the long term view. It sees events as part of a much bigger story. For this reason, when bad things happen to righteous people, it’s a manifestation of netzach. Whenever God does long term chesed for someone which manifests itself in short term din, it’s called netzach….Netzach is about setting goals and making changes that will last.”
In the next post, I’ll have something for you from Rav Arush, that ties-in very neatly with the idea that ‘bad’ things are only happening us for some holy, often hidden, eternal good.
But for today, let me leave you with one of Rav Haber’s challenges, for the week of Netzach. He encourages us to:
“Formulate a mission statement for your life. Make a list of five things you would like to accomplish in the next twenty years.”
Rav Haber is much nicer than me, as he’s given you have a whole twenty years to work on this stuff, and I’d usually go the 20 minute route ☺
So take a bit of time this week, and think about what you want to accomplish in this world. What do you want to build? What do you want to grow? Who do you want to become? What do you want to leave behind you?
And if you do that, you won’t just be counting the omer, you’ll be living it.