Wow! What a week, and overall we live in such an intense and overstimulated environment.
From friends and family grieving, to supporting clients through challenging times, as well as the non stop rain this week. Thank God it has finally cleared, especially for the teacher strike that I fully support.
The world stage is a whole other heaviness that we have no choice to absorb.
The last few days my brain could not find focus to write, because there is just too much they we are all going through.
Today my body and mind only need rest.
This Sunday night is one of the Jewish New Years: the new year for trees. Over time, it has evolved to become a celebration of the fruits of Israel and many people have a custom to partake of those fruits; others commemorate it by planting trees. What’s interesting is that the Talmud understands trees to be important for ensuring our future. It tells of a certain sage who saw a man planting a tree. He asked the man how long it would take to produce fruit and the man responded, “70 years.” The sage was taken aback and asked the man why he would choose to plant a tree whose fruits he would likely not be around to enjoy. The man, however, explained, “Just as I came to a world that had trees in it, so too I will leave a legacy for the next generation.” Trees often serve as a symbol for the Torah, the eternal values of the Creator. If we look at the story through that lens, we can understand that everything we have been given is not just for us; rather, we are the custodians and it is our job to try to make the world we live in a little better, both spiritually and physically. Although we may not see the fruits of our efforts directly, the blessings will undoubtedly come. Sometimes it can be as easy as planting one small seed.