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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy New Years to the Trees

According to Beis Shamai, in the beginning of tractate Rosh Hashana, today, the first of Shevat is the New Years for the trees (this has halachic ramifications as to when and what types of tythes are given). Even though the halacha is not like Beis Shamai, the Mishna assirts their opinion directly stating that the new years is on Rosh Chodesh like the opinion of Beis Shamai, and then proceeds to bring the opinion of Beis Hillel, that it is on the 15th of Shevat.
 
Every one knows that Rabbi Nachman's whole thing is just the New Years, and also, the Tora likens man to a tree, as it says 'for man is a tree...'.
 
So

Great blessings of Na Nach Nachmu Nachman Meuman!

                    

2 comments:

The villager said...

Yea, just like I said..Purim Sameach... Saba said "all beginnings were Pessach, now Purim!"

I have a question about Pessach.. "ma nishtana be laila haze mi kol ha leilot?" Matsa or no matsa it is still night... what's the big deal, apparently it is not the geula G-d cares about- but the matsa or lack of that "Haman like trait" haughtiness (naughtiness and mokery).

At least drunks are brothers!

The villager said...

Oh, and bythe way Saba has a village and it is possible to plant trees here.

Anyone interested, please get in touch with members of Ebay Ha Nachal.

Why a person doesn't just throw everything away and come here in his long-johns is beyond me-- but maybe that is what Tu b Shvat/Rosh Chodesh Shvat/ Purim/ Pessach are about.