חגים ומועדים וימים מיוחדים

for shabes and tu bishvat - what's the difference between an apple tree and a cucumber‏

 

for shabes and tu bishvat - what's the difference between an apple tree and a cucumber‏

based on rabbi shlomo carlebach ztz"l 


what's in this torah portion ? 

- the Israelites leave egypt - and then 3 days later are cornered again by Pharoah's approaching army army at the red sea ! 

"So they thought "redemption" means - 

being saved from Egypt for 3 days and it's all over " (so SAD) 

(but - here's the Tu Bishvat - arbor day - new year for the trees lesson) 

another quote: 

Ok, now here comes a really deep Izhbetzer (Rebbe) Torah. 

What's the difference between a cute little vegetable and a tree? 
How come a vegetable is dead when it's done? 

You can't make anything forever out of a vegetable
A tree can live for hundreds of years. He 
(The Ishbuitzer Rebbe) says the deepest Torah. 

The tree prays to G-d, please make something out of me. 
(According to our mystical masters EVERYTHING on earth has SOME soul) 

You know what's praying the most? 
How come one apple tree tastes so good and another one not? 
When the apple seed 
(and remember - OUR SOULS TOO are called "apple trees" in the Song of Songs by King Solomon) 
is praying before G-d - the very last second before it’s completely disintegrated (germinate) - it's the prayer of the 
deepest depths. 

And if its prayer is not so deep...There you have (the difference between the taste of the apples of) two trees.... 
Gevaldt, it's (like) the very last prayer we say before we leave the world... 
A vegetable prays a cute little prayer. A vegetable grows and then just stops... 
But an apple seed (and tree), it prays so much.... It can't stop. 
The apple seed's prayer is a "forever" prayer (like ours should be). 
So the tree lives forever because this seed prayed so hard. 
and Shvat is the Rosh HaShona L'Elanot, the new year-- the headquarters-- of the trees. 

Do you know what the tree is crying out? (on its New Year) The tree is at is end, each year. Listen to this. The tree 
when it reaches the end, mamash, all its prayers are rising up again. The tree prays all its prayers again. Awesome. 
I want to tell you something very very deep. Imagine I need coffee. I say, "Please G-d, give me some coffee." And 
G-d answers me, "Ok, I'll get you some coffee." But when I pray for something very deep, my prayer is all that there is. 
The more I need something from G-d, the deeper the depths my prayer touches my neshama. And that prayer 
touches all the prayers which I ever prayed in this lifetime and perhaps other lifetimes as well..." 

HAPPY TU BISHVAT
READ THIS TORAH PORTION AND REMEMBER -

WE CAN ALL GET OUT OF OUR "EGYPTS" - NOT FOR 3 DAYS
BUT FOREVER
BY PRAYING LIKE THE ISRAELITES DID AT THE RED SEA - FOR A 
FOREVER DELIVERANCE 


LOVE AND SHABBOS FROM JERUSALEM

Rabbi Andy Eichenholz