Day 38 + 39: Wonder Boy

Originally posted on Omertime:
The sixth week of the Omer, is the week of yesod. Yesod is translated as foundation and is associated with the tzadik, or righteous person. During this week, I’ve been looking for foundational players or players who embody righteousness. Day 38 of the Omer is tif’eret sheb’yesod, demanding a player whose…

Day 37: The Ojeleye Factory

Originally posted on Omertime:
Today is Day 37 of the Omer. Gevurah sheb’yesod. Strength that emerges from righteousness.  Yesod (foundation) integrates and channels the energy of the upper sefirot into malchut. It is associated with Joseph because he was able to resist temptation and live a righteous life. One Day 37, that righteous, focussed energy…

Day 36: Marcus Smart

Originally posted on Omertime:
Today is Day 36 of the Omer. Hesed sheb’yesod. Generosity that flows from justice. Was there any way that I was not going to choose Marcus Smart for Day 36? Absolutely not. The week of Yesod, which begins today is associated with the Biblical figure of Joseph, who is one of…

Day 35: Mad Dog

Originally posted on Omertime:
Today is Day 35 of the Omer. Malchut sheb’hod. Humility that leads to Kingship. I got to interact with Mark Madsen a bit at Stanford University. He was so genuine, so humble. There was nobody on those great Stanford teams that I was happier to see become an NBA champion. In…

Day 34: The Dream

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Today is Day 34 of the Omer. Yesod sheb’hod. The Humble Pioneer. Day 34, ultimately came down to two 7 foot superstars with Nigerian roots: Giannis Antetokounmpo and Hakeem Olajuwon.  On yesod sheb’hod, you can’t go wrong choosing between two humble superstars who have become pioneers in professional basketball. Giannis is…

Day 33: The Ideal #2

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Today is Day 33 of the Omer. Hod sheb’hod. The Ideal Humility. Hod is associated with Moses’s brother, Aaron, who is the ideal #2 in Torah. He complements his brother Moses, speaks on his behalf in Egypt, and serves as a priest and peacemaker for the Israelites while they wander in…

Day 32: The Big Aristotle

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Today is Day 32 of the Omer. Netzach sheb’hod. Humility that leads to winning.? Sometimes you have to look for the specific moment in a player’s career to really understand a combination of sefirot. Shaquille O’Neal is the definition of larger than life. At 7’1”, 325 lbs, Shaq was too big…

Day 31: The No-Stats All-Star

Originally posted on Omertime:
Today is Day 31 of the Omer. Tif’eret sheb’hod. Humility that manifests in balance.? It’s taken me a few days to wrap my mind around this week’s sefirah of hod and connect it to the world of basketball. In Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow, Rabbi Art Green writes that “Hod is…

Day 30: Breanna Stewart

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Today is Day 30 of the Omer. Gevurah sheb’hod. Humility that manifests as power.? In only three years in the WNBA, Breanna Stewart has been a 2x All-Star, League MVP, and WNBA Champion, while averaging 20.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists/game. That’s a small sample size, but she’s simply been…

Day 29: Paul Silas

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Today is Day 29 of the Omer. Hesed sheb’hod. Humility that manifests in generosity. The best NBA player to ever wear #29 was Paul Silas. Silas was a dominant rebounder and defender who won three NBA championships. The 2x All-Star and 5x member of the All-Defensive Team, nearly averaged a double-double…