TU BISHVAT EYES
Today is a Jewish holiday called Tu Bishvat (the 15th of the Jewish month called Shvat). Tu Bishvat is the celebration of the new year of trees.
So last night many people celebrated Tu Bishvat by eating all sorts of exotic fruits, nuts, 4 cups of wine and going through this whole order of eating the fruits based off ancient traditions.
The question is why are we celebrating the new year of trees in the dead of winter? The trees are all dried out. There's nothing to see folks.
The sages teach that by Tu Bishvat most of the rains destined to fall that year have already fallen, and though we don't see it, the sap starts rising up the trees on this very day both according to hasidic traditions and scientific research.
The sap is the lifeline for the tree just like blood is for humans. So you know what it is...once the trees are gifted with this new energy and life, they may look like they are dead, but they are growing like never before for the most beautiful and exceedingly glorious spring.
And this...this is what Tu Bishvat is all about!
This is what life is all about! Something can look sooooo dead, my new start-up can look like it's about to fall apart and crumble, but maybe its' sap is just beginning to rise and the company will spring forth in the spring. Or even deeper, maybe I see my friend as someone sooooo dead - he is always doing everything wrong, always at the wrong place at the wrong time, never seems to be successful - i think you know what i mean...but maybe... just maybe with the eyes of Tu Bishvat I can see this person on a whole new level. His sap is rising. Her sap is rising. Their time is coming and they just need some love and moral support.
~~~May we all be blessed with the eyes of Tu Bishvat~~~