That chastened me, Nadya says. At one time or another, don’t we all imagine living on in perpetuity? Netzach motivates authors, artists, civic and spiritual leaders, and so many other roles.
Thank you, Nadya.
Her story might remind you of some of your clients. We talk often about Legacy Projects. That is Netzach energy. The desire to Endure, to be Eternal, to Live on Forever in our deeds, our accomplishments. That’s what an Ethical Will is about! It’s about what we have overcome, and how we have triumphed, how we have endured.
Now, one more story about Netzach before we finish by Counting The Omer together. This story was told to me by my husband, Rabbi Dan Goldblatt. He said that when he was a young boy, his father taught him how to play chess. Game after game, week after week, month after month, his father beat him at chess. They continued to play and his father patiently explained the game, the strategies, and why and how he had won against Danny. Eventually, and inevitably, there came a day when little Danny won against his father. His father smiled, looked up at Heaven and declared, “Now I shall live forever.”
The moment that the child, or the student, outpaces their teacher, the teacher is guaranteed eternal life through the continuation of their wisdom in the next generation. This, too, relates to our work as Doulas. We acknowledge for our clients that there is a part of them that lives on past their death in all those whose lives they’ve touched. But we, too, acknowledge our place in becoming part of a lineage of Doulas reaching back to our ancient tribes. Our work is sacred, and nuanced, with many complex layers of meaning. Many qualities, Many attributes.
Let’s count the Omer for today together. Today, Tuesday, we are sitting in the contemplation of HOD sh’b’Netzach. This means, the Splendor, the