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Shabbat message, Friday, January 17th, 2014

Shalom Shaarei Kodesh,
We just observed the holiday of Tu BeShvat (the 15th of Shevat) which is commonly known as the birthday of the trees and one of our four New Year’s celebration in our tradition (Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 1:1).  I had the pleasure of being a part of our Tu BeShvat Seder at our Ruth and Lewis Davis Religious School, and as I sat there, amongst our children, and after hearing the news of two new babies in our congregation, I thought about the beauty of our tradition, and the rebirth that happens every year.  In recent times, Tu BeShvat has become a holiday that connects the Jewish people to the land of Israel.  In Israel, around this time, the majority of the winter season’s rainfall has already fallen, and the fruit trees begin to blossom.  It is a literal vision of continuity, one season to another, one generation to another.  As I thought about Israel, I could not help but be reminded of the loss of Ariel Sharon, the former Prime Minister and one of the greatest mil…