Building on a Solid Foundation (Yesod)

This week of Yesod invites us to consider our own foundations and think about what grounds us. It's a reminder that, individually and collectively, we must build our lives solidly upon what's truly important to us. Although we don't always talk about Kavana's work in such theological terms, I deeply believe that if we manage to achieve this foundational grounding as a community, we have the power to manifest a higher (divine) reality in our world.

Tonight we will count the 42nd day of the Omer and prepare to close out week 6. In our continued journey through the wilderness and also through the mystical sefirot, the quality associated with this 6th week of counting is Yesod, Foundation.

According to the Kabbalistic understanding, Yesodis the foundation upon which God as built the world. It also serves as a transmitter between the realms above and the reality below.

This week of Yesod invites us to consider our own foundations and think about what grounds us. It's a reminder that, individually and collectively, we must build our lives solidly upon what's truly important to us. Although we don't always talk about Kavana's work in such theological terms, I deeply believe that if we manage to achieve this foundational grounding as a community, we have the power to manifest a higher (divine) reality in our world.

At Kavana, this notion of being grounded in purpose really rings true, and feels timely. At our Annual Partner Meeting earlier this month, we unveiled our Strategic Plan 2025... a renovated "house" designed to help hold our community and guide us as we make decisions over the coming 5 years. We are pleased to share it (click here), and hope that the updated language of our Purpose statement and our three strategic goals of Engage, Connect and Strengthen resonate with you and can be felt in all that we do.

Kavana's Strategic Plan was in the works long before any of us had ever heard of the novel coronavirus. Now, eleven weeks into this altered reality of "Stay at Home" time, none of us really needs a reminder that everything feels different in this moment. And yet, as Kavana's Board has reviewed this plan again and shared it with our Partners, we have checked in to be sure that this plan still reflects our understanding of who we are and why we do what we do. We have affirmed that these newly-articulated goals and priorities do feel relevant... arguably more now than ever before.

As we move past the 6th week of the Omer, we will continue looking for ways to ensure that our core is strong, that we build community upon a solid foundation, and that individuals within our community are healthy and supported. We invite you to take the time to read about Kavana's foundational values, and of course to be in touch if there are ways you'd like to get involved or ways in which you need support.

Wishing you a week of success and blessing, built upon a solid foundation,

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum (& the Kavana Team)