Monday, February 9, 2009

In honor of Tu b'Shevat


[For those of you who read these posts as emails, this will come a day after Tu b'Shevat - but the thought is still valuable.]

Background: The Torah prohibits use of the fruit produced during the first three years of a tree's life. This fruit is called arlah.

"From the day that a seed or shoot of a fruit-tree is consigned to the earth with a view to producing fruit, the fruit belongs to the tree for the first three years. You may not take it for yourself, nor may you derive therefrom any enjoyment nor use it either directly or indirectly, but you must leave the fruit for the natural purpose of its species and thereby learn not to lose consciousness of the worth of things per se as creatures of Gd - an unawareness which is the result of pride of possession. Thus do you express in deed that you have only the lien upon things which their Creator and Lord bestows upon you temporarily."

(R' Shimshon Raphael Hirsch, Horeb, paragraph 303)

Have a great day,

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