Over the past few days of our journey together we have reflected on three themes:
1. The Giving Tree – How do we invest in others and what seeds can we plant every day of our lives?
2. Bless the Tree – Are leading lives worthy of emulation by our children? How are we insuring that our values ignite the next generation?
3. Savor the Tree – What miracles do we see every day? How we cultivate a life of radical amazement?
The impetus for launching 40 days to a Better You stems from a realization that each holiday signifies a gateway of opportunity for realizing our dreams and living our life purpose. Whether our national or personal destiny, the holidays possess the resources and reminders to awaken our souls and enrich and deepen the relevancy of Judaism in our lives.
As the holiday of Tu B’Shvat ends, plant a tree for life. Choose one of the three areas and develop a concrete plan of action. I believe it is no coincidence that this coming Shabbat in synagogues all over the world we read the Ten Commandments and experience our birth as a people. Throughout our liturgy the Torah symbolizes the Tree of Life. Lest the motivation of Tu B’Shvat fade, we are reminded of our raison d’être as a nation. The Torah is not an end but offers the path to be a light unto the world and realize our Divine destiny.
I encourage you to share your thoughts with me and others to inspire all of our journeys. Thank you for joining and I look forward to launching the next phase of 40 Days to a Better You in preparation for Purim.
With Blessings for Inspiration,
Rabbi Daniel Cohen