Today begins seven days of emphasis on the character trait (middah) of yesod, meaning foundation, amongst other renderings, such as covenant, bonding, and Tzaddik (Righteous One). Where is the stability in our lives? Are the factors in our lives that make up our stability a constant? Or are we standing on shifting sands?

G-d is key to my foundation in life. If at all possible, I would hope and pray that every aspect of my life be permeated by His wisdom. Today’s unique combination of sefirot, expressed as middot (soul attributes), is chesed shebbe yesod (mercy within foundation). Chesed may also be rendered as love, kindness, or loving-kindness. How is my foundation built? If not with love as a quality that can be found within all of the building blocks, then how will that structure provide shelter for others?

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