Netzach sh b'Malchut
Endurance Within Shechina
Figs Are As Torah. Am I?
- Joy Krauthammer
Fig trees in all their ripe beautiful fullness, uniqueness, and purple royalty, are grown from foot-long barren branches filled with potential. In dormancy, fig trees have been pruned, cut back and endure the amputations, and mourning over limb loss. Roots, new branches, leaves and produce are determined to sprout, grow and fill out in glory. Fig tree has endured the dormant winter season until Tu B'Shvat when again the sap flows. In victory over obstacles, new growth successfully starts to push out through the undressed branches, some lathered in tar from prior amputations. Determination is immediate as even the tiniest of green baby figs show their perseverence and appear to begin a new season, while other creatures scamper all over the figs, devouring them, as they mature.
Figs are as Sephirot as is Torah
How can I be like a FIG? How can my spirit and physical being endure trials, challenges and seasons, and successfully reach my goals? What kind of warrier am I? Do I fight for what I believe in for myself and for others and ideals? Do I go forward in joy?
What is my intention from the time of Tu B'Shvat, and when my limbs are pruned to serve a purpose, to achieve goals, to produce lush beautiful sweet, purple bounty?
How are my roots when they had been vulnerable and fragile, and my trunk, branches, leaves, and nourishment– so that I can go forward with my fruits, my gifts, toward my receivers of fruits? Is my fruit like the fig and Torah, that it is edible through and through, and ripens a little at a time?
Sephirot HaOmer are like Torah and figs: Additional Sephirah energies are visible each day, as are figs, and contemplated, and grasped, digested, and more wisdom and transformation is available for goodness, growth and sharing in the land of Holiness.
May the refinement work of cosmic cleansing that I do on myself during the 49 days of Kabbalistically Counting the Sephirat HaOmer help me to mamash/truly be who I am, and need to become. I desire to delete klipot/husks (negative influences) and again ready myself for Shavuot by strengthening, elevating and perfecting my midot/character traits.