One day, as Honi was walking on the road,
he saw a man planting a carob tree.
He asked him, "How long will it take this tree to bear fruit?"
The man replied, "Seventy years."
He asked, "Are you quite sure
you will live another seventy years to eat its fruit?"
The man replied, "I myself found fully grown trees in the world; as my ancestors planted for me,
so am I planting for my children."
~ Talmud, Ta’anit 23b
Questions to consider:
Refreshed and renewed, attired in festive garments, with candles nodding dreamily to unutterable expectations, to intuitions of eternity, some of us are overcome with a feeling as if almost all they would say would be like a veil. There is not enough grandeur in our souls to be able to unravel in words the knot of time and eternity. One should like to sing for all men, for all generations… there is a song in the wind and joy in the trees. The Sabbath arrives in the world, scattering a song in the silence of the night; Eternity utters a day. Where are the words that could compete with such might?
~ Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath
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