Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Lessons From a Watermelon by Magdeburger Joe

Often in the summer, I buy watermelon for my family. Whether I slice it or use the rind as a fruit bowl to add other fruits, it has been part of many Shabbos meals.
I have always tried to construct mosholim, or parables from things in nature or present in my daily life. Because of this "hobby", the watermelon has become my "Jewish fruit. It has provided me with valuable lessons in meaningful Jewish observance. What does it teach me?
The watermelon has subdued colours on the outside, ranging from yellowish white to shades of green. Inside, it is a vibrant red . From this I have learned to expect that there is often beauty hidden behind external appearances that might be nondescript. Additionally we are admonished to be modest and not ostentatious about our possessions or positions in life.
We are reminded by the pale side of the watermelon that as it was growing it was laying on the ground. Sometimes I have brushed the dirt of Texas or Mexico from the bottom of a melon before putting it in my shopping cart. Why does it not rot, as do apples that fall from the trees?
The melon does not rot but continues to grow as it lies in the dust. As long as it is connected to the plant from which it grows, then it continues to thrive. If it lies on the ground after the stem is cut, it will soon rot.
Because we are in mourning over the destruction of our Bet HaMikdash, our temple, we are in mourning, we are sitting in the dust. Do we rot? Do we disappear? As long as we remain connected to the "vine" that is Torah, family and the Jewish Nation, then we will not disappear.
May G-d quickly end our exile and brush away the dust of our mourning
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