26 January 2021

Nine Months and 45 Days (Part 2)

 13 Shevat 5781

"The last 45 days of Chevlei Moshiach will be more difficult than the first days. The troubles of those final days will move the community of Israel to do complete teshuva, and, thereby, they will be privileged to merit the geula."
There are 45 days from TU b'Shevat until Rosh Chodesh Nissan - the time of our redemption. This 45-day period is the "time of pre-redemption."

The Apter Rav, author of the Ohaiv Yisroel (end of Parshas Shlach) (1748-1825) zatzal explained that the month of Nissan is when the Jewish nation will ultimately be redeemed in the future. Forty days or so before this time is an “aschalta degeulah,” an awakening of the time of Bias HaMashiach – the arrival of Mashiach.

Chazal, therefore, established this time as a holiday with aspects of the sparks of the redemption that will occur in Nissan. It is this day, Tu B’Shvat, which is imbued with the holiness of the Aschalta – beginnings of the Geulah.

Therefore, all the halachos of Trumah, Maaser, Orlah, will begin on the day imbued with the holiness of the impending redemption.

Even though the redemption did not yet occur, the holiness is still inherent in the day. The Klausenberger Rebbe points out (Drashos 5741) that Avrohom Avinu baked Matzos on the day of Pesach even before it happened according to the Midrash (BR 48:12). Why? Because the holiness is part of the very day – even before it transpired. The same is true for Tu B’shvat.

We may ask, however, why is there a special minhag of eating the fruits of Eretz Yisroel on this day? And what is the further or deeper connection between the Rosh HaShana for trees and the future redemption?

We find in the Mechilta (BeShalach chapter 3) that Rabbi Yishmael tells us that the Red Sea was split through the merit of Yerushalayim. At first glance this seems bizarre. What does the redemption from Mitzrayim have to do with Yerushalayim?

The Midrash tells us (Esther Rabbah 1:9) that Yerushalayim is the way that Eretz Yisroel is often referenced because it is the center of Eretz Yisroel. We find, therefore, that this Mechilta is telling us that the merit of Eretz Yisroel brings about Geulah – redemption.


Tu B’Shvat, in its primary role, highlights the trees and fruits of what Eretz Yisroel is blessed with. It is the merit of Eretz Yisroel, that brought about the past Geulah from Egypt according to this Mechilta. It would seem very appropriate that the merit of Eretz Yisroel will bring about the future Geulah as well.

It would seem that these are the reasons for our halachic minhagim as well. We eat the fruit of Eretz Yisroel on Tu B’Shvat so that the Aschalta of the Geulah will materialize through the merit of Eretz Yisroel.
"The seven species are wheat, barley, grape, fig, pomegranates, olive (oil), and date (honey) (Deuteronomy 8:8). Their first fruits were the only acceptable offerings in the Temple."
Dates are referred to in the [Torah] ... as "honey."  Honey is the Torah's mystical aspect.  The study of the mystical aspects of Torah strengthens the inner dimensions of the Jewish soul, the essence of our being which controls our lives.

Dates are associated with Devorah the Prophetess who is mentioned in the Haftorah pertaining to TU b'Shevat.  She is described as judging the people "under the date palm of Devorah."  She shares a connection with the ultimate Redemption for through her efforts, "the land was at rest for forty years," and forty is associated with the Redemption.

So, the seeds of redemption are there, inherent in the day.  Perhaps they only need watering with enough of our tears of teshuvah to sprout forth.  

This would be the crunch time - the next 32 hours.  If you can think of anything that you can do to help bring our geulah to fruition, this is the time to do it!

By Shabbat Shirah I should think there will be some major sign that is evident to all that we are moving on to the next stage in the redemption process.  

(There may be a part 3 to this.)


  1. YES. 1. Pray. 2. Study Torah. 3. SHARE the information from Tomer Devorah and Other Truth Tellers with whomever you know, Jew or Goy, here and abroad. EVERYONE must do his/her part. Don't just wait for God, Mashiach Ben David and Mashiach Ben Yosef (both Mashiachs are here now in the world). Don't be a Spectator to Redemption. Be a Participant in Redemption. EVERYONE is important. Tu Bishvat Sameach

  2. TU b'Shevat sameach, Aryeh Yosef! Good to hear from you again!