As the Jewish American author of “Der Himmelsgarten”, a book written as the definitive antithesis to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, I take my role as being an ambassador for peace and understanding quite seriously. Ariel Sharon, like Israel, is misunderstood and oftentimes blamed for all the bad in the world. I often wonder why it is that people expect the worst of us, when we want to offer the best of us.
On the 15th of Shevat, which corresponds to the 16th of January , Jews all of over the world will be celebrating Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees. To every corporeal branch, there exists a spiritual root, streaming sustenance into that Tree. In the face of asymmetric terrorist attacks, Ariel Sharon had no choice but to systemically protect the roots. In other words, enemies would quickly learn that any attempt to consume the leaves and blossoms of that Tree would be self-destructive (like an aphid beginning to chew on a leaf).
So what exactly is it about this particular tree that make’s it so important? Israel is the one spot on earth where there are deeply rooted geo-spiritual concerns. Although Israel has done a very good job with it corporeal vegetation, the inner trees are very much still in development. Within each and every one of our human souls are implanted deeply rooted spiritual roots. Along with these positive connections come the inner weed instincts that tend to clog up the spiritual stream. This is known as being born into state of klipat noga; half good, half bad. The Miracle of Tu B’shevat is that any inner weed force can be transformed into a nurturing inner Tree.
While most nations drill for oil , Israel provides its citizens the freedom to tap their respective roots for gushering Light. Yes, Light. This is the Light that weeds out hate, This is the Light, that unclogs spiritual roots, this is the Light that reforms, this is the Light that irradiates stony hearts all over the world, and then ionizes them into spiritual fuel for thrusting us all over the top into the geo-spiritual fabric of peace.
By providing this kind of inner plant protection, the peace will be natural and long-lasting. unlike the man-made brokered peace accords that keep inner weeds dormant. The smallest openings in the fabric weave will allow virulent weeds to pierce through.
In previous articles I have made appeals for massive infrastructure construction of Spiritual Park Urban Gardens throughout the Middle East in which children and adults would practice weeding out and composting hatred together with ample opportunities to plant sunflower seeds of peace. Chicago City Mayor Rahm Emanuel has already laid the foundation by issuing a Weed Out Hate Day Proclamation. Illinois and Iowa Governors Pat Quinn and Terry Brandstad have done the same.
People called Ariel Sharon a lion as if he had no heart. I am reminded of the kabbalah parable of the tail of the lion and the head of the fox. The lion lowers his tail trying to raise the fox to his level. The fox grabs onto the tail trying to consume the lion. When the fox reaches the level of the lion, the fox realized that he had instilled these instincts in the fox all along. I believe Ariel Sharon fully understood the spiritual mission of Israel as a Light onto the Nations. He did what he did as a last resort for the benefit of the Nations of the World. He never intended to consume them and I do not believe he ever enjoyed what was necessary to do. In an era when so many people want to weed out Israel, I believe the most fitting tribute to the passing of Arial Sharon is to go out in your garden and root out symbolic weeds of hatred. This is one way you can teach your child that he or she has the power to change the world for the better.