Letting Go and Planting for the New Year (Tzadi, Shevat)
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Letting Go and Planting for the New Year (Tzadi, Shevat)

Welcoming the new moon, the month of SHEVAT/שבט, comes with a correlation with a Hebrew letter.

Just so you can visualize the TZADI, [here] is a very simplified version and here is a more elaborate articulation of it.

It's connected with concepts of foundation.

There's a verse from Psalms that says, TZADIK YESOD OLAM, the literal translation of which is "the righteous one is the foundation of the world."

Sometimes that's interpreted homiletically as "righteousness is the foundation of the world."

We have the word TZEDEK and TZEDAKAH/ charity, righteousness-in-action.

But I want to invite us to read that verse TZADIK YESOD OLAM as the TZADI/צ, this letter is the foundation of the world in physical manifestation and OLAM in the sense of time, in the temporal manifestation, and in the sense of soul.

That TZADI/צ stands for TZOMEACH/צוֹמֵחַ, the things that are sprouting.

In the middle of the month that's coming, Tu Bishvat is the New Year for the Trees, the birthday of the trees.

The seed we are, planting that intention for the year to come, involves a type of decay and a type of letting go.