Middah for Sivan (MAY 19 – JUNE 17) – Seder, Order/Integration
Seder literally means “order.” The word is widely known by most Jews because of the Passover Seder, a fitting name for this highly-structured ritual meal. Structure is a key part of this middah, Seder. What is so good about structure?
Mussar teaches we are like a pearl necklace. Our skills and talents are the pearls. Leading an orderly life is the clasp that keeps our abilities from scattering and being wasted. The Mussar classic, Cheshbon HaNefesh, recommends: “All your actions and possessions should be orderly – each and every one in a set place and at a set time. Let your thoughts always be free to deal with that which lies ahead of you.”
Developing Seder requires the awareness and attention to complete our tasks and keep our affairs in order, thereby giving us the time and resources to respond to all that life has to offer.