May. 13, 2019

Emor

Emor - Character improvement

Warrior

Emor

We count the Omer for fifty days from the second night of Passover till Shavuos, when we got the Torah. Counting the Omer to fifty reminds us that we were saved and came to Torah.

The Omer and the Pirkei Avos 6.6 usually go together. Our job is to improve ourselves and our middos, our personal qualities. We improve ourselves and become the best “me” that we can be.

“Study, listening, verbalizing, comprehension of the heart, awe, fear, humility, joy, purity, serving the sages, companionship with one’s contemporaries, debating with one’s students, tranquility, study of the scriptures, study of the Mishnah, minimizing engagement in business, minimizing socialization, minimizing pleasure, minimizing sleep, minimizing talk, minimizing gaiety, slowness to anger, good heartedness, faith in the sages, acceptance of suffering, knowing one’s place, satisfaction with one’s lot, qualifying one’s words, not taking credit for oneself, likableness, love of G-d, love of humanity, love of charity, love of justice, love of rebuke, fleeing from honor, lack of arrogance in learning, reluctance to hand down rulings, participating in the burden of one’s fellow, judging him to the side of merit, correcting him, bringing him to a peaceful resolution [of his disputes], deliberation in study, asking and answering, listening and illuminating, learning in order to teach, learning in order to observe, wising one’s teacher, exactness in conveying a teaching, and saying something in the name of its speaker.” (Pirkei Avos 6.6)

Yoga—Balance and grounding, success pose

Warrior or Success pose—arms up

A pose of balance and strength to commemorate our success with the forty-eight ways of self-improvement in Pirkei Avos.

Stand with legs together.

Step right leg forward.

Right foot flat on ground.

Left foot with heel lifted and toe on ground.

Bend your right leg at the knee.

Arms up.

There will be a curve to your spine as you look up.

Come out of pose slowly and bring feet together.

Now do the other side.

Left leg stepping forward.

Left foot flat on ground.

Right foot with heel lifted and toe on ground.

Bend your left leg at the knee.

Arms up.

There will be a curve to your spine as you look up.

Come out of pose slowly and bring feet together.