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Beit Midrash Shabbat and Holidays Tu Bishvat

What is Unique About the Fruit of Eretz Yisrael

These fruits create Kedusha within us & enhance our love of Hashem & Israel. Each type of fruit symbolizes a different aspect of the Jewish People.
Rabbi Stewart WeissShvat 13 5781
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There is a special quality attached to the fruits of Israel, specifically the 7 Minim" (types) listed in parshat Ekev: Wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives & date (honey). These fruits create Kedusha within us & enhance our love of Hashem & Israel. Each type of fruit symbolizes a different aspect of the Jewish People: the pomegranate/rimon, for example, is filled with many (613?) seeds, just as each Jew is chock-full of merits; grapes bring people to higher levels of joy, as we Jews bring joy to our G-d; olives must be crushed to produce its pure, holy oil, even as we endure crushing difficulties yet produce purity & holiness, etc. The last letters of "zavat chalav u’dvash," a land flowing with milk & honey, form the word Shabbat. Just as Hashem infused 1 specific day with unique holiness & a special mode of behavior, so, too, G-d declares 1 land – Israel - more unique than any other, assigning to it the special Mitzvot dependent on the land, & eating its special fruits.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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