ABOUT POMEGRANATES AND ME

Background: I’m Jewish from birth (both sides). My grandparents were frum (Yiddish for Orthodox Jews). My great-grandfather was a Kohein. I come from a long line of Chasidim dating all the way back to the Letichev district of the Ukraine, where Chasidic Judaism was founded by the Ba’al Shem Tov (1698-1760).

I’m a modern midrashist, darshanit, Kabbalist and maggidah well-versed in the “70 Faces of Torah” at all PaRDeS levels of interpretation.

Chochmat halev (wisdom of the heart) is my ner tamid (eternal light).

I have a passion for lesser-known Jewish teachings and sharing the beauty of the road less traveled with you. I teach outside-the-box, tapping into the heart and soul of Jewish thought.

The Wild Pomegranate invites you to continue the conversations started by the ancient rabbis and enhance them with the knowledge and wisdom of your present moment.

My spiritual journey is enriched by connecting the dots between mystical traditions. Everything is in everything else. Separations are human-made. In Kabbalah GOD is called Ein Sof, meaning Without End.

Divinity is Infinity.

About Pomegranates:

Judaism — Pomegranates are one of the Shivat HaMinim (Seven Species) of Israel praised in the Torah. (Devarim/Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25). The abundant seeds represent the 613 Mitzvot. In the Song of Songs, pomegranates symbolize fertility and love.

Pomegranate shaped finials, called rimonim (Hebrew for pomegranates), often decorate the top of Torah scroll covers. In the Torah, the high priests adorned the hems of their robes with imagery of bells and pomegranates.

In Sephardic custom, pomegranates are eaten at the Rosh Hashanah seder, as the new fruit of the season, over which the Shechiyanu blessing is said. The seeds represent abundant good deeds and blessings in the new year.

The second night of Rosh Hashanah is time to enjoy the “new fruit,” or seasonal produce that hasn’t been tasted since the start of the season. The fruit symbolizes gratefulness for being alive and allowing us to taste all the delicious fruit the world has to offer. The most typical new fruit is the pomegranate for its biblical significance as one of the “seven species” of Israel, known for its abundant seeds. It’s hoped that good deeds and actions will be just as copious!

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Christianity — Pomegranates represent the promise of eternal life. Artwork by Botticelli, Filippino and Lippi depict Christ in his mother’s arms, holding a pomegranate. Some churches decorate with pomegranates following Pentecost.

Buddhism — Buddha was given the gift of a pomegranate by an impoverished elderly woman, making it a special offering and one of three blessed fruits. Artwork featuring open pomegranates are often given as wedding gifts to symbolize abundance, prosperity and fertility.

Hinduism — Pomegranates are associated with the earth goddess Bhoomidevi, Lord Ganesha and Durga, the goddess of justice and retribution. Seeds symbolize abundance and prosperity. The vibrancy of the fruit is said to appeal to the gods.

Islam — In the Quran, pomegranates (ar-rumman) are fruits that grew in the gardens of paradise (Eden). The seeds symbolize prosperity, abundance and fertility. Muslim scriptures praise the beauty and taste of the pomegranate seed.

10 thoughts on “ABOUT POMEGRANATES AND ME

  1. freedmanfred

    I love you both for loving the jewish spiritual contributions. The more I receive the richer I get & the richer I can make all of those I love around me. AMEN!!

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