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The Foundation Stone“When the Holy One, blessed is He, created His world, He created it like an infant born from its mother. For a fetus born from the mother, begins from its navel and expands outward to all four directions so too, the Holy One, blessed is He, began to create the world from the Foundation Stone and from that, the entire world was established.” - Midrash Tanchuma – Pikudei #3

 

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Tu Bishvat 15 Print E-mail

Tu BishvatKing 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
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Tu Bishvat 14 Print E-mail

Tu BishvatAccording to the Ba’al Shem Tov, all growth requires three stages: Hachna’a –humility, Havdala – Separation, and Hamtakah – Sweetening.
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Tu Bishvat: Perek Shirah - The Date Palm Print E-mail

Tu BishvatThe date palm sings, ““The righteous person shall flower like a date palm and grow tall like a cedar of Lebanon.” The Midrash (Tanchumah Lech Lecha #5) teaches, “Why are the righteous
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Tu Bishvat: Perek Shirah - The Fig Tree Print E-mail

Tu BishvatThe fig sings, “The guardian of the fig shall eat her fruit.” (Proverbs 27:18) According to one opinion, (Berachot 40a) the Tree of Knowledge was a fig tree. Rashi quotes this opinion
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Tu Bishvat: Perek Shirah - Pomegranate Print E-mail

Seven SpeciesThe pomegranate sings: “Your lips are like a thread of scarlet, and your mouth is comely; Your cheek is like a pomegranate within your locks.” (Song of Songs 4:3) The Talmud (Berachot 57a)
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Tu Bishvat: Perek Shirah - Barley Print E-mail

barleyThe barley sings, “A prayer of the poor person when he swoons and pours out his supplications before God.” (Psalms 102:1) Barley is the poor man’s food, (Pesachim 3b, Shabbat 51b),
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Tu Bishvat: Perek Shirah - Wheat Print E-mail

Tu BishvatThe Wheat sings, “A song of ascents, from the depths, I called to You, O God.” (Psalms 130:1) The Baal HaTanya explains that the food of the wheat is hidden, for it, one of the basic
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Tu Bishvat: Perek Shirah: The Grapevine Print E-mail

Seven SpeciesThe grapevine sings: “”Thus said God, ‘Just as when the wine is found in a cluster, and someone says, “Do not destroy it, for there is blessing in it.” So will I do for My servants, not
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Tu Bishvat: Trees: Roots Print E-mail

Tu Bishvat

Though a plant continually grows upward, in contrast to animals and humans which move freely, it must remain firmly rooted in its source of nourishment, the earth. A fish, on the other hand, must also
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Tu Bishvat: As A Tree Print E-mail

planting“Praiseworthy is the man who walked not in the counsel of the wicked, and stood not in the path of the sinful, and sat not in the session of scorners. But his desire is in the Torah of
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