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15 Shevat Essays

The mystical teachings of the Torah offer profound insights on the deeper nature of the 15th of Shevat

10 Historic Trees in the Torah
Let’s take a moment to explore 10 wonderful trees (or groves) whose stories are woven into the familiar (and not so familiar) narratives of the Torah.
Why Is Tu BiShvat in the Winter?
Why celebrate trees when nothing is growing?
Blossoms in the Winter?
I live in Connecticut, and all I see this time of the year is snow and bare branches. What's the point of celebrating the "New Year for Trees" in January?
Mystical Insights Into the New Year for Trees
Thought you knew how many tribes there are? How many heads a shin has? Or that you've mastered basic addition? Rabbi Levi Yitzchak shows us deeper insights into these seemingly simple ideas . . . and so much more!
Celebrating Pleasure
Tu B'Shvat: a Mystical Interpretation
The Kabbalists teach that with the simple act of eating fruit on Tu B'Shvat we "rectify" the sin of Adam and Eve. To understand the dynamics of this cosmic repair, we most first explore the mystic significance of pleasure...
Holy Eating
Insights Into Tu B'Shevat
Where does the Jewish obsession with food come from? Actually, there are some deep spiritual roots to the Jewish obsession with food- what, how, and when it should be consumed...
Happiness as a Process
A 15 Shevat Lesson
Tu B'Shevat is the day when the sap begins to rise through the tree. In other words, we can't see the fruit yet, but we are celebrating the process of growth itself...
What Is So Special About the 7 Species of Fruit With Which Israel Was Blessed?
The Significance of the Shiv'at Haminim
This isn’t just a flowery verse. These seven species are specifically connected to the Land of Israel . . .
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