Thursday, January 20, 2011

Today is some super minor Jewish holiday

That when I was a kid we got a box of raisins. It is according to the Rabbi's the beginning of the planting season for given a certain percent to the cohen or levi.

And they actually didn't agree with which date this should be but this opinion is the one we follow.

I don't see what there is to celebrate. It is one thing to ask for a good crop or thank God for a good crop. Or thank God for healthy trees.

No mention of this is in the bible anywhere other then needing a beginning of the year for purposes of when the planting year begins.

Some use this holiday as an excuse to discriminate against men and have male leaders have another holiday to kiss up to women and make sure they love the Rabbi more then their husband and more then any man in their own family. Women like to worship "mother earth" and nothing new under the sun about any of this.

In fact Sephardim according to wikipedia started this Seder and some Sephardic Kabalist which I am very skeptical of this. This was in the 1600's.

Chabad has a paragraph that talks about Rabbi Nachman as the use this holiday to promote their founder of Chassidis which was put in Cherem by the mainstream Orthodox at that time.

To have 4 cups and imitate a real holiday like Passover really is cheapening the story of Passover in which God saved the Jewish people and we wouldn't be hear without God's outstretched arm.

In the Torah we call the land of Israel a land of milk and honey. I think by studying the bible we are praising this land.

Also, the women that love this holiday so much should be into working the land but most of them are not nor would they ever be interesting in a guy who thought it was a good thing to work the land. In Israel a lot of the farming is given to nonjews and others. So that speaks louder then this super minor holiday which is just a new year for the agriculture cycle which you should care about that in general then just having some kind of mumbo jumbo type of celebration.

And some of these people don't want to learn about people or the opposite gender. They are the classic tree huger that doesn't like people. How about learning about the nature of other people.

As a kid my family did not celebrate this in any way. Nor did any of my friends as far I know. The only way we honored the day was to get a box raisins. That was it.
A lot of the stuff today is just this mother earth cult in my opinion and it is amazing it is mixed in with this focus on ONE'S SELF AND POTENTIAL. Not about caring about others but focusing on oneself and one's feelings which overly focusing on one's feelings is NOT HEALTHY as we were put in a world with other people not in a world with mother earth and we view other humans as abusing mother earth.


Analytical Adam said...

This from Bella Online on this holiday. Bring perfection by worshipping the earth that the kabbalist did. It sounds like Avodah Zara to me. Sorry. Nothing new under the sun. This sounds like the environmentalists today.

"Although Tu Bishvat is a very minor holiday, its observance has become increasingly popular. In the sixteenth century, many Kabbalists in the city of Safed in Israel reinvigorated the observance of the day by creating a seder, modeled after the Pesach or Passover seder in which four cups of wine were drunk and as many of the shivat haminim or seven species of fruit most closely associated with the Land of Israel are eaten. These include dates, figs, grapes, pomegranates, olives, wheat, and barley. The Kabbalists would read mystical passages and engage in meditative practices during the Seder in hopes that such actions would bring humanity closer to a sense of spiritual perfection. Although not mandatory, the custom of having a Tu Bishvat Seder has become very popular and more Jews participate in such events each year. In addition to focusing on the Kabbalistic origins of the practice, contemporary Tu Bishvat Seders address modern environmental concerns and how we can work together to improve our environment, including concrete steps each of us can take to live a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Although Tu Bishvat Seders have become increasingly widespread, they are not observed by all. In addition to or instead of holding a Tu Bishvat Seder, many Jews eat a new fruit on Tu Bishvat, make a special effort to consume some or all of the shivat haminim of Israel or plant a tree. In the northern hemisphere, where the winter is still in full swing, this is not often possible, so many will have a tree planted in their name by the Jewish National Fund, which plants trees in Israel, where the first buds of spring are just beginning to emerge. Indeed, Tu Bishvat has become an occasion on which many in Israel go out and plant trees in observance of the day."

MY COMMENT: Planting a tree (if the weather is right) is appropriate. Doing this Kabalah stuff is not.

SouthernBelle Rivky said...

Oh I wanted to add, I got curious by your remark over what day and I looked up what you meant. Hillel vs. Shammai. Or was there more dispute than that? You are so smart!!!! :)

Analytical Adam said...

Thank you. Although I am not so smart. I just try to use what God gave me using my senses and my brain. To be fair I just read it on a blog that there a number of opinions and I think I did learn this at one point sometime.

I don't really know more then this. In fact I didn't know it was a dispute between Hillel and Shamai so thanks for sharing.