Tu Bishvat – Day 1

The Kedushat Levi (Likkutim page 477) offers the following thoughts about the month of Shevat: Tu Bi’shevat is the beginning of the preparation for Pesach, which, in turn, is the preparation for the
Tu Bishvat – Day 11

Machberes Avodas Hashem Exodus 15:23-27: "And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called

Olive Tree
Tu Bishvat – Day 12

Deuteronomy 20:19: “When you besiege a city for many days to wage war against it to seize it, do not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them, for from it you will eat.”


Olive Tree
Tu Bishvat – Day 13

A tree does not die when we pick its fruit. There is more life, more potential. Even when a tree appears dead during the winter, it still has life. As long as it has life, the tree sings its song


Tu Bishvat
Tu Bishvat 14

According to the Ba’al Shem Tov, all growth requires three stages: Hachna’a –humility, Havdala – Separation, and Hamtakah – Sweetening.
Tu Bishvat
Tu Bishvat 15

King David compares human beings to trees. In Psalm 92 he sings; “The righteous person shall flower like a date palm and grow tall like a cedar of Lebanon.” Why does King David use
Tu Bishvat – Day 4

Ma’or Va’Shemesh; Lessons of Tu Bi’shevat: It is human nature to derive special enjoyment from physical desires during the cold winter months. A person should use the month


Tu Bishvat – Day 3

Moed Likol Chai; Section 30, Letter 2: The Midah/Attribute of Shevat is Hod/Inner Beauty – how something’s inner beauty reflects the Divine Will that gives it existence. Aaron HaKohen
Babel in Reverse

They all speak one language. They want to celebrate and preserve their singular identity, so they decide to build a city and tower. God isn’t happy and confuses their languages, resulting in numerous societies and cultures and, of course, wars. I think of Israel in 1948...