…The beauty of the Jewish people emerges in the storm of exile. We bend in the face of new ideas and seem to be humbled but when the storm of the exile passes, there we are once again standing tall, having gained vigor and wisdom through our confrontation with the mighty storms of the exile. This is also the significance of the Sefira of Hod. God created a world that requires the actions of man to make it worthwhile. It is in the character trait of hoda’ah that the supreme beauty of the divine-human partnership in creation emerges. Exile is tribulation transmuted into strength. Therein lies the beauty and majesty of Jewish history.
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