Written by Talia Goldberg, Community Shlicha
This week in one of my university classes, we were discussing the way zionism was when Israel started, and they showed us a postcard that said on it “there will be a generation who wouldn't know what exile is”! That is, what it would be like to be sent away from the land where you live. This sentence really struck me, because growing up in a country where I never had a fear that it wouldn’t exist, where everyone is Jewish and everyone believes we can fight - always was taken for granted by me. I can’t imagine having that experience. I know I live in a land that I need to fight for, both in the physical and the political sense, but I also don't know so much about the diaspora and how so many view Israel.
These days are crazy all around the world - with Israel going to their 4th elections and the United States Capital being marched upon. And i think the upcoming holiday of tu bishvat has to be one of our ways to stay strong and be part of this community.I think that tu bishvat is one of the most israeli holidays, it's a holiday devoted to the land and the land that is holy to the jews is Israel.
It's crazy to think how complicated it is to love the land of Israel; to grow up on it, to fight for it and to pray for it. I wonder if those people who wrote that “there will be a generation who wouldn't know what exilel is”, were also a generation that believed in planting trees every tu bishvat so maybe there's a chance people will be able eat their fruits years later?
I believe that planting a tree is an act of faith. Since it is not likely that you will see this tree's fruit in your lifetime, you just have to believe that you are leaving this creation to other people who will love and care for it as well. But maybe in these crazy days, we need to be like people who plant trees? We need to have some faith that what we do now, will help be part of bigger change that will put special and fruitful things in this world.