blossoms appeared on the land,
the time of pruning has come, and the voice of the dove is heard in our
land." (Shir HaShirim 2)
this verse, R' Shimon
taught, "The blossoms appeared on the land..." The blossoms are
Creation. They "appeared on the land" -- when? -- on the third day of
Creation, when grasses and trees sprouted from the ground."
that Creation started with little
flowers. Why though does it ignore the grander creations -- the earth,
waters, light, air? The reason is that the special quality of blossoms
they grow, even becoming delicious fruit. This then points us to the
of Creation -- we need to GROW.
time of pruning has come." This was on
fourth day, the day the sun, moon and stars came into being. They
glowingly, beautifully. But then they were pruned. The moon, large and
at first as the sun, shrunk -- its light lost from it.
two kings rule
over one world?" the moon had
asked of Hashem.
right," said Hashem, "so go now, and
make yourself little."
But the sun, that did not regard itself as a king, was not commanded to
are luminaries -- great bodies
generating bright light. Still, the Torah spells their name as
Why? For, to grow straight, tall and handsome -- we need to stay alive.
stay alive we must CONNECT OURSELVES to the Source of life -- we must
acknowledge and recognize that only Hashem is King.
voice of the
dove..." refers to the fifth day
when fish, insects and birds swarmed the earth. What idea do they add
goal-growth? This is that they reproduce. They can INFLUENCE OTHERS TO
THEM, thereby extending the power of their good thoughts and deeds.
refers to the sixth day when man and
woman entered this world, the crown of Creation. Why does Hashem so
so desire them? For, they are able to receive His gift. They are the
can hear His word -- follow His example -- and rejoice in Him. They are
ones who could stand at Sinai and say -- we see Your greatness -- all
us we will do -- even before we understand it.
our land" -- is
the holy Shabbos -- a taste of
the world-to-come. We strive to grow, emulating Hashem, flexing our
working our way closer to eternity, that we may rest at the heights of
blossoms appeared on the land, the time of pruning
has come, and the voice of the dove is heard in our land." (Shir
blossoms" are our fathers, Avraham, Yitzchak
and Yakov -- our mothers, Sara, Rivka, Rochel and Leah. They are the
Hashem had in mind when he created all -- individuals who would rise to
highest ideals -- to the loftiest of worlds. Even after their deaths,
on in the highest spheres, showing us what we can achieve -- symbols of
success and joy.
The prophets after them, others
to hear Hashem's
words and speak with Him, captured these images. They relived them.
Yakov's son, Yosef, recreated them within himself, to become the
whom the Torah so praises. He brought these qualities into a lofty new
establishing further marks of excellence for us to achieve. This
excellence is what
the verse refers to when it says that the blossoms "appeared on the
we might look at Yosef's glory, majesty, power and
wealth, in the wrong way. We might confuse it with the power and wealth
world's cruelest princes and kings. We must learn then to see the
of our greats through the right lenses. We must enjoy their beauty in a
white light beamed through a prism becomes a rainbow.
Looking at our fathers through the prism of the Torah reveals their
qualities, their heavenly attributes. Only with such a truth, may we
the ugliness and evil in our lives. Only when "the blossoms appear on
land" can "the time of pruning come."
it not for the blossoms, the weeds
would choke us --
ugly, excess growths would strangle us, rob us of our lives. But, the
brilliance and charm of the blossoms inspire us to clean out and remove
filth that muddies our paths and prevents us from reaching our dreams.
How may we
encourage these blossoms? What is the source of
their growth? It is the voice of children, learning Torah, hearing of
heritage, absorbing into them the ways of our fathers and mothers.
the children, the blossoms appear anew, in a brighter light, with a new
understanding. Through the children, the world lives on, flourishing,
then is "the voice of the dove" -- the golden
cherubs that stand over the aron hakodesh -- the
Torah learning of the