GrowTorah Core Value: Incubating Emunah
When a person recovers from tzaraat, the kohen purifies them with two birds, cedar wood and hyssop. Each of these natural elements carry different symbolism, as the Rabbis explain. What do they symbolize? How does natural symbolism help us connect with the Earth, each other and Hashem? What might the plants in our garden symbolize?
Lesson Title: Humble as the Hyssop
What do the creatures and plants used for the purification process symbolize?
- Birds symbolize the chatter, cedar symbolizes haughtiness, and hyssop is humble.
Why do you think using symbolic organisms are helpful for the teshuva process?
- Natural symbolism is powerful because you can see your own teshuva reflected in the natural world
Do you see anything in our garden that could be used for similar reasons?
Living the Lesson
Though we no longer carry out the purification rituals described in the parsha, how can we still use nature to improve our characters?
How does working in the garden help you think about the symbolism of certain plants more seriously?
- Working with the plants directly helps to understand them, helps to make them come alive with distinct personalities, which makes it so much easier and deeper to connect with the symbolism