yesod shebbe yesod

(foundation within foundation)

Below the surface of the earth, rests the foundation of a building, the support of an infrastructure. In the same manner, man is like a tree, whose roots provide a reinforcement against the storms of life. “And he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, that bringeth forth its fruit in its season, and whose leaf doth not wither; and in whatsoever he doeth he shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3, JPS 1917 Tanach).

The sefirah (attribute) of yesod may be understood as portraying foundational beliefs and attitudes, corresponding to what is most important in our lives. Within the context of a daily existence, some people are more intentional, with regard to living in accord with clear beliefs that generate proper conduct, based upon a specific set of truths. Others, upon examining themselves, may find that their beliefs, attitudes, and behavior are derived from various sources; whereupon, these sources may be disparate, not constituting a consistent worldview.

We should ask ourselves upon examination (heshbon hanefesh – an accounting of the soul), whether our underlying assumptions are able to withstand the harsh realities of life that may pour down upon us. Will our prevailing attitudes about life enable us to weather the various storms that we may encounter along the road of life? If not, then we should consider adding a little more support to our foundation.

Omer – 41 Days


  1. Your posts on the sefirot associated with each day of the omer are really beautiful. Some of the most inspirational sefirah commentary I have ever read. I was looking for an About page but can’t find one. You certainly don’t have to, but if you are willing to share, I’d love to know your background.


    1. Shalom. I only now happened upon your comment about my sefirah commentary for the Omer period, the previous Spring. First of all, I’d like to say that I very much appreciate your blogposts on the parashas hashavua. To answer your question, my background is plain and simple, inasmuch that I grew up Conservative, became ba’al teshuvah in 2005, and am somewhat leaning more towards chassidism.
      Precisely because of my educational background in psychology, I take creative license to some extent, in order to delve in depth upon the personal as well as psychological kavanos, if you will, while attempting to make these accessible to others. So, while I respect traditional sources, I try to go beyond the range of traditional commentaries, keeping an openness towards chiddushim (novel insights), if I feel inspired to do so. Thank you very much for asking. Shalom, Tzvi Fievel


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