Blessings for a healthy summer! Our special correspondent in the fields east of Ashdod reports that the Sabra cacti are beginning to flower in all their magnificent splendor. This is very symbolic, showing how exquisite beauty - emuna - blossoms particularly in an environment of dangerous thorns, symbolic of the trials and tribulations of this world that are testing us.
Don't forget that once the blossom becomes pollinated, courtesy of our little striped flying friends who also carry stingers, it becomes an amazingly sweet fruit - the "Sabra", or prickly pear. All those painful things we encounter on our way in life will also become the sweetest fruit, if we only relate to them within the context of emuna. It's all for the very best.