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A Tree’s New Year Resolution

Friday, January 1st, 2016 11:05 am by admin

by Shlomo Yaffe
used with permission
Chabad.org

Tu B’Shvat –the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat — is known as the “New Year for Trees.” Naturally this would be a time for trees to engage in soul-searching the way people do on Rosh Hashanah. Here is a tree’s New Year Checklist:

  • Did I shelter the seedlings that live in my shade –so they will grow up to be a next generation like myself?
  • Did I grow towards the sun as a tree should, reaching up higher and higher towards that which I can never grasp, but which nurtures me all the same the more I strive towards it?
  • Did I make sure my roots remain firmly planted in the soil that nurtures them, and did I drop my leaves there in the fall to give back life to that which sustains me?
  • Did I ensure that my fruit were sweet and nourished all that came to enjoy them? Did everyone walk away from me with a smile?
  • Did I bend gently in the wind, accepting what G-d sends but never breaking or giving up hope?
  • Did I grow in strength and wisdom with each new ring this year?

Come to think of it, not a bad checklist for us humans either!

Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe is the spiritual leader of Congregation Agudas Achim of West Hartford, Connecticut.

4 Responses to “A Tree’s New Year Resolution”

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