A Blessing For Trees: Poems Upon The Skies


Dear Readers, if you have not yet encountered the work of Ilene Winn-Lederer you are in for a treat. I’m reblogging one of her posts so that you can acquaint yourself with her marvelous Torah-themed mystical art.

Originally posted on Imaginarius:

BlessingOfTheTreesModel3ALike the universal languages of music and art, trees speak to us without words, inspiring us to describe them with our own words and visual expressions. In Deuteronomy (Devarim) 20:19-20, we learn that even in wartime is life precious and that trees are essential to our continued existence: “When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy its trees by forcing an axe against them: for thou mayst eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down; for is the tree of the field a man, that it should be besieged by thee?…” Equally eloquent are the words of the late Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran in his collection of aphorisms, Sand And Foam: “Trees are poems the Earth writes upon the sky…”.

I was reminded of these ideas during our recent observance of Tu B’Shevat

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi based in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, mom, poodle groomer, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at http://coffeeshoprabbi.com/ as the Coffee Shop Rabbi.

7 thoughts on “A Blessing For Trees: Poems Upon The Skies”

  1. Hi Rabbi, Thank you so much for following my blog brotmanblog.wordpress.com I believe you are the first rabbi to join me in my search for the roots of my Jewish family, and I welcome any comments you may have. You might find my post on Jewish naming patterns interesting as well as my attempt to translate my great-grandfather’s headstone.

    I look forward to reading your posts. One can never have enough Jewish education!

    Amy (Pessel bat Yosef)


      1. Thank you so much. I also found your Jewish movie blog—love it! And I am following that one as well now. Movies and Jewish themes—what could be more fun and fascinating!


        1. I have just lately gotten back to work on the blog. If you know of films I should include but that are not yet on the list, please leave a comment with your addition to the list! Glad you like it.


  2. Dear Rabbi Ruth:
    I’m so pleased that you enjoyed my recent post, ‘A Blessing For Trees’ and I thank you very much for the re-blog! Had some lovely responses this morning, especially from one of your followers in Italy!
    Best Regards,


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