malchus shebbe yesod: kingship within foundation
Malchus can also be rendered as sovereignty, autonomy, and dignity.
Despite whatever circumstances we may encounter in life, if we have a strong foundation we will be able to meet these challenges with dignity, a sense of autonomy and a calm reserve, in acknowledgment that ultimately we are not in control of external events in any sphere of our lives, personal, communal, or global. Although this sounds counterintuitive, we may feel reassured that when we place our trust in G-d, by acknowledging His sovereignty, we do not have to stand alone in the face of adversity.
When we are able to acknowledge that our own sovereignty is limited, we can rest in the knowledge that everything H’Shem (the L-RD; literally, “the Name”) does is for the good. Although we can not always control external circumstances, we may choose how to respond, even to past failures. Moreover, the lessons learned from trial and error, trying to do everything by ourselves, should point us in the right direction, with our eyes cast upward.
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: From whence shall my help come? My help cometh from the L-RD, Who made heaven and earth.”
– Psalm 121:1-2, JPS 1917 Tanach