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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Chodesh Shevat Tov - Time to Get Rooty and Fruity!

It's Rosh Chodesh Shevat, 5771 - the month of the year we celebrate the holiday of Tu b'Shevat, the New Year for Trees. It's still Winter but we begin to feel the sap rising - both within our own bodies and souls, and the world in general. That which has lain dormant for months begins to stir. Feelings long-buried begin to emerge.

The Hebrew month of Shevat's Tribe is Asher - who feeds the rest of the Tribes. Asher's portion of the Land of Israel is so rich and fruitful that it overflows to everyone around him. Our "Inner Asher" at this time begins to connect with the natural urge to give of our bounty and flow with blessings from ourselves to others.

Not surprisingly, the body part associated with Asher is the stomach, and the tikkun (the fixing of an attribute) is eating. No better time to fix your relationship with food than Shevat - and no better place to hang out than Radio Free Nachlaot. We're cooking up musical medicine for the soul, tuneful times to attenuate your spirit, and delicious dance-along songfests to delight your body - which may have been asleep for the last few months ... but guess what? Get up and begin to stretch, move and dance - the sap is rising!

Tu b'Shevat is also when the ETROG we are destined to receive on SUKKOT is born! It's time we start praying in advance for our Etrog - now only in thought, but soon to begin to manifest in form. What are you dreaming about, praying about, hoping for? Everything that is only in your mind now will begin to take shape in reality by the mid-point of this month - so take care to dream the impossible dream - because now is your chance to make your dreams come true.

We can tell the future - just look what's in your hand - We don't stop at nothin', we're just playing in the Band! Play along with us ... right here on Radio Free Nachlaot, your friendly world-wide neighborhood radio station.