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Snow, Safari and Zachor

now was so beautiful last night. Here in Alon Shevut, over 30cm of snow fell! It was magical. This morning we have five broken trees in our garden (- at least)! The weight of the snow was simply too much and they tore apart.

Some thoughts:

1. It reminds me of many fun things in the human experience, as children and as adults, that one might enjoy at the time, but one will pay the price later. A cautionary tale.

2. Is this bad? Nature regenerates this way! My broken trees, with their torn limbs, will grow new branches, rejuvenate and thicken. That is nature's way of pruning, of growth. Somewhat turbulent, but it works! "At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail." (Job 14:7)

But human pain isn't like that. When we get damaged, few can merely bounce back. The torment is not easily healed (see the rest of that chapter in Job/Iyov).