Yesod b’Hod: the splendor and humility of being tied together
A woman and her young niece tie the left shoe of one to the right shoe of the other. They link arms and walk awkwardly, their four feet uncertain how to navigate this new conﬁguration, their stumbling fueled by delighted laughter. They begin to call out, “middle,” when it's time to move the tied feet, then “other,” for the unbound feet, and for a brief exhilarating moment the rhythm carries them along. The niece says, “Shhh,” hoping they might keep the rhythm in silence, which they do for a few short steps, until their feet get confounded again, and they stop, sighing and chuckling, in fun-ﬁlled frustration. Laughter is a kind of Hod, splendorous and humbling, tying us to our stumbling and bumbling humanity. Connection and laughter, the 34th gate.
Copyright Shifrah Tobacman, 2012. From the collection Omer/Teshuvah: 49 Poetic Meditations for Counting the Omer or Turning Toward a New Year.
This poem was written as inspiration for Counting the Omer, which began the second night of Passover, April 9, 2020. The last day of counting is May 27, 2020. Curious?