It's the royal wedding today between Prince William and his bride to be Catherine (Kate) Middleton. It's also the 10th day of the Omer.
The Omer is a 49 day count between the Jewish festival of Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Tabernacles). Pesach celebrates the exodus of the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt and the crossing of the Sea of Reeds. Shavuot celebrates the revelation to the entire Jewish people and the giving of 10 commandments.
Each of the 7 weeks of the Omer is represented by one of the 7 lower Sefirot and each day within that week is represented by one of the Sefirot. For example:
- Day 1: Chesed in Chesed
- Day 2: Gevurah in Chesed
- Day 3: Tiferet in Chesed
- Day 8: Chesed in Gevurah
- Day 9: Gevurah in Gevurah
- Day 10: Tiferet in Gevurah
So what is Tiferet in Gevurah?
Last night I was thinking about the royal wedding and what the 10th day of the Omer may signify for their future together. Here is a quote from “Inner Space” by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan on the meaning of Tiferet and Gevurah:
pp62-62“In the case of a man and a woman in love, if only one of the partners gives of himself, it is an unbalanced Chesed relationship. This can lead to a total loss of one's identity. Gevurah, on the other hand, is not giving anything. Whereas Chesed-Love represents a total surrender of one's identity to another person, Gevurah-Restraint would involve a rigid maintaining of identity by erecting a barrier between oneself and the other. In essence, for a good relationship, each partner has to learn how to integrate these two modes, the ability to maintain an identity while at times to merge with another person.”
“Tiferet is usually translated as “beauty”, but it does not carry the usual connotation of beauty. Tiferet-Beauty is like harmony, a harmonic beauty.”
“Tiferet means you are able to harmonize and blend two extremes. In terms of the human body, Chesed is the right arm and Gevurah is the left arm. Tiferet is not both hands together, however, but rather the torso with all its complexity.”
Possible significance for the future of the Royal newly-weds
I'll be honest and say that my knowledge of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism is minimal. So please take anything in this post and in this blog in general with a large pinch of salt.
Having said that I'll put forward my two cents on events today and say that the future life of the royal couple will be one of harmony against a backdrop of restraint.
A love that the public will see only in glimpses during royal engagements, with their full and harmonious love played out away from the media glare. Warm but retrained, loving but only on their terms.