Tu B’Shvat – an opportunity to bless ourselves.

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(Jeremiah 17:8) וְהָיָה כְּעֵץ שָׁתוּל עַל-מַיִם \”For he (man) shall be as a tree planted by the waters\”

(Deuteronomy 20:19) כִּי הָאָדָם עֵץ הַשָּׂדֶה \”For is the tree of the field a man\”
(Genesis 1:27) וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ, בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ:  זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בָּרָא אֹתָם \”So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.\”

When it says that G-d created us in his own image. \”בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹקים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ\” It is exactly so. Image in Hebrew \”צֶלֶם\”, which has the same numerical value as Tree, \”עץ\”. It is the Tree of Life that is inside and outside of us.

We are the fruits of the Tree of Life and as such we carry its seeds inside of us. That gives us the ability to create life. When God said \”Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth\”, He gave us this gift. We became part of the Tree and it makes us like the Creator.

A bone in Hebrew is \”עצם\”. It also means essence. The letters are a combination of the word for Tree \”עצ\” and the final letter Mem. The letter Mem has four sides and it shaped like a square.

Without going too deep we understand from the codes of the Hebrew Alpha-Bet that our essence is connected to the Tree. We know from Kabbalah about the invisible and indestructible bone in our body called \”עצם הלוז\” \”bone of luez\”. It is the actual connection to the Tree. This bone is the seed for the resurrection of the dead when the time will come. Mashiach will re-connect us to the Tree of Life.
Like the tree we bring out fruits, which grow to be trees. The trees make more fruits in a cycle that creates continuity in the world.

In Tu B\’Shvat we have the opportunity to connect to the Tree of Life when we bless the different kind of fruits. That action actually bring blessings on ourselves at the seed level.

The attached PDF is a wonderful collection of information assembled by one of the members on the mailing list, read it to get more important information on this special day of blessing.

May we all have a blessed Holiday and renew our seed and connection to the Tree of Life. Amen.

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