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Rabbi Arthur Segal’s love of people, humanity, and Judaism has him sharing with others “The Wisdom of the Ages” that has been passed on to him. His writings for modern Jews offer Spiritual, Ethical, and eco-Judaic lessons in plain English and with relevance to contemporary lifestyles. He is the author of countless articles, editorials, letters, and blog posts, and he has recently published two books:

The Handbook to Jewish Spiritual Renewal: A Path of Transformation for the Modern Jew

and

A Spiritual and Ethical Compendium to the Torah and Talmud

You can learn more about these books at:

www.JewishSpiritualRenewal.org
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: JEWISH SPIRITUAL RENEWAL: TU B'SHEVAT: NEW YEAR FOR TREES

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL:
 JEWISH SPIRITUAL RENEWAL:
TU B'SHEVAT: NEW YEAR FOR TREES
 

 

Take lessons from trees in these dispiriting times

by Rabbi Arthur Segal

The news is full of tragedy. Many are hurt
 
economically or by war, or are fearful of the
 
political future. Homelessness, bankruptcies
 
and school, movie, and mall shootings fill our
 
minds.

 

A spiritual lesson is that "a person is like a tree of

the field." When fortune has turned for someone,

and they have lost all hope and are despairing,

then they should ponder a tree in winter. Its leaves

have fallen, its moisture has dried up, it is almost a

dead stump in the ground. Then suddenly, it

begins to revive and to draw moisture from the

earth. Slowly it blossoms, then brings forth fruits.

People should learn from this not to despair, but to

take hope and have courage, for they, too, are like a

tree.

 

January 16, 2014 is Tu B'Shevat, the New Year for

Trees. It celebrates the rebirthing of trees in the

midst of winter, the Kabbalistic reawakening of

divine energy with God as the tree of life.

This holiday is the first Earth Day. The Talmud

declares: "If you have a sapling, and someone says

that the Messiah has come, complete the planting,

and then go welcome the Messiah."

 

The idea of the importance of having faith and

moving forward, as well as being stewards of the

earth, is as old as Judaism itself.

Rabbi Arthur Segal

 

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