We were proud to participate in sponsoring several of last year’s ELI Talks, on the theme of Applied Jewish Wisdom. The wisdoms that speak to individuals, the ways people apply Torah – in its broadest sense – to their lives is endlessly fascinating to us. As we approach Tu B’Shevat, it seemed like a good time to share Yoshi Silverstein’s presentation.
Within his longer, complex thoughts on the Torah of place is a beautiful and fitting origin story of how a preschool in tune with nature gave him a perspective that would be present through his entire life – and, equally important, that school showed him, as a child, that there is a Jewish way to do everything, from playing in the trees to planting seeds, and it can enrich your life.
Tu B’Shevat, too, is a more complex holiday than can be summed up in a sentence or two – but whether metaphorically or literally, preferably both, we hope you will plant some seeds this year. There is great beauty and unfathomable return in such a simple act.