This past Wednesday was Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for trees. There are various customs for the celebration of the New Year of Trees, the most common of them is eating fruit on this day.
On Tu B’Shevat we are thankful for the gift of trees and fruit, but more importantly it is the day that we are given the potential to learn important lessons from trees and fruits.
The first lesson we can learn from a tree is that it grows to become very tall as the verse says in psalms: “The righteous will grow tall like a cedar in Lebanon”. This teaches us that we must never rest on our laurels and should continuously strive to reach new heights in our lives.
Another important lesson we learn from trees is that they produce fruit which are primarily for enjoyment and not as necessary as other foods such as grains etc.
This teaches us that the way G-d wants us to fulfill the Torah is in a manner that we enjoy doing so and not just because it is an obligation.