This week, we read about Abraham, who, according to the kabbalists, is the channel for unconditional love and sharing in this world. The Bible tells us how, when anyone came to visit him, he’d sit them under the tree outside his home; if the tree fanned its leaves out, Abraham knew the person was good and could be trusted. If the leaves did not move, then he knew the person might have had a problem or two. And so we read: “Come, please. Sit, join me. Shade yourself under my tree.” Interestingly, the particular tree that the Bible talks about was a date palm.
I’m not sure if you know, but date palms are dioecious, meaning that there are date palms with male flowers and date palms with female flowers. If you want to grow a palm tree, you need to have both a male and female tree. They need to be united in order to bear fruit.
For us, it is very much the same way. Spiritually speaking, by ourselves we are vastly limited in our capabilities. Sure, we can survive on our own, but we cannot... Read More