Tzadi & Bet
Inner Renewal


Tu B'Shevat

The focus of this month is inner renewal.  This renewal is not able to be seen yet on the surface but is beginning deep within.  We are invited to look within and open ourselves to newness of life.   We can learn from the trees as we celebrate Tu B'Shevat this month, which is also known as the New Year of the Trees.  Though it may be winter in many parts of the world still, the sap and juices of all the trees are beginning to flow.  We don't see this because it is concealed, but it is this necessary renewal within that will manifest itself through new leaves and flowers in the spring. 

Eating is the area of healing this month and we are given the opportunity to think about what we are eating.  Is it healthy for us?  We often think about our spiritual nourishment, but what about the nourishment of the vessel of our soul?  The Kabbalists taught that there are divine sparks in all created things.  For this reason we should bless our food before we ingest it, not only as a thanksgiving but to also raise the sparks that are contained within.  We should also look at not only the physical food we ingest, but also the relationships and activities that fill our lives.  Are these healthy?  What changes should we make to our diets?

This month we celebrate the holiday that, according to the Kabbalists, is the most spiritual and joyful day of the year.  It is a day that we hold a special seder that will assist us in connecting to trees and their giving nature.  We can learn alot from a tree for it gives and gives just like the Creator.  Trees give us the air we breath and the fruits we eat, without trees we would be lost in this world.  It is a good time to be thankful for the trees and celebrate them. 

Chodesh tov,    



Shevat - By Rabbi Max Weiman

Resources used:  Sefer Yetzirah, Kabbalah Month by Month by Melinda Ribner.  Both of these texts may be found in our K4A Amazon Store.

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