Ostensibly, the world could exist even without snow. Rainfall would suffice to water the soil, for trees, flowers, vegetables and fruits to grow. But if the world did not have snow, to what else could a person compare the natural human desire for purity, cleanliness, repair and repentance? Does the world have a more appropriate image than "Purify me with a hyssop, and I will become pure; wash me, and I will become whiter than snow"? Is there a greater promise than "If your sins prove to be like crimson, they will become white as snow"? It is good that in God's world, especially in the wonderfully temperate climate of Israel, we occasionally are granted a phenomenon whose single value is pure beauty and its impact on the heart and soul of man. [Thanks to Rav Amnon Bazak. 9Tevet5774]
HAR ETZION IN RA'ANANA
With less than a year till Shemita, Rav Doniel Schreiber helped us get a head start on understanding this relevant topic with a shiur given in English at Kehillat Shivtei Yisrael: Selling the Land or Buying from Gentiles? An Overview of the Primary Issues of Shemita Observance Sunday, October 27th, 23rd of Cheshvan at 8:45pm. Thank you Rav Schreiber!
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