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Booming Bamboo

Written by Rabbi Yehoshua Alt, 9/10/2019

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Booming Bamboo

Some people may attempt to grow in their Avodas Hashem and feel they are not progressing. For this reason, it says יערף כמטר לקחי.[1] Just as when it rains, we only see the effect it has on the plants after a period of time, the same is with Avodas Hashem as we may not see results immediately. 


An example of this we see in the world is The Chinese Bamboo. The Chinese plant the seed. They then water and fertilize it the first year and nothing happens. They do this again the second, third, and fourth year and still nothing happens. They water and fertilize it again for the fifth year. Sometime during the fifth year in a period of approximately six weeks, The Chinese Bamboo Tree grows roughly 90 feet. So, did it grow 90 feet in six weeks or in five years? Obviously, five years, since without the water and fertilizer each year there would be no Chinese Bamboo Tree.

Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.

[1] Devarim 32:2. The word מטר is an acronym ofמשאכם טרחכם, ריבכם  (Devarim 1:12)—expressions of burden—as Avodas Hashem requires work.

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