Friday, 25 January 2013

The Lubavitcher Rebbe on Tu B'Shevat

I decided to Bump this post~who better than the Rebbe to explain "Why?"

On the 15th of Shevat (26 January 2013), we celebrate Tu B'Shevat, the New Year for Trees.

Why do we celebrate in the middle of the winter? While he sap may be starting to flow, the fruit itself is nowhere to be seen.

According to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, by enjoying fruit on Tu B'Shevat, we are celebrating the potential within the tree. In doing this we commit ourselves to bring out this potential by nurturing the tree through the spring and summer, until its fruit is finally ready. 

The Rebbe compares a human being to the tree. He taught that we must recognize the wonderful potential within every person and every event, and we must commit ourselves to bringing that potential out.

The Rebbe explains in his own words (Yiddish with English Sub-Titles)... 

Recorded on 15 Shvat 5741~20 January1981

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