Do plants have souls? Can you really talk to our little green friends? How do we know that they understand and answer?
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches (Likutei Moharan II: 11) that when a person prays in the field, all the neighboring plants, grasses, and trees help him, and add power and a wonderfully enhanced dimension to his prayer.
Where did Rebbe Nachman learn that from?
Throughout the Psalms, King David writes about the ability of the trees and grasses to speak. The Gemara also tells us that Rebbe Yochanan ben Zakai, as well as the wise men who preceded him, understood the language of plants and animals.
Any tree farmer with a soul knows that his trees have souls. A sensitive farmer can sense the needs of a tree.
The holy Ariza'l, whose yahrtzeit is this coming Tuesday, teaches that when we make a blessing over a fruit or vegetable, we elevate the soul that was in the fruit or vegetable.
Do you find that difficult to believe that plants have souls? Try this simple experiment:
Also featured this week:
Rabbi Shalom Arush: Loving Friends
Rabbi David Charlop: What is a Tzaddik?
Racheli Reckles: Mister TYO
Yehudit Levy: A Letter to Jerusalem
Chaya Ovadia: Celebrations
Dr. Zev Ballen: The Thread of Happiness
Dovber Halevi: The Open Miracle
We hope you have a lovely new week. Please drive carefully - Hashem loves you, and so do we here at the Beams.