Perek Shira: The Song of Existence - The Song of the Fig Tree
by Rabbi Shmuel Kraines
The fig-tree says: “The protector of the fig tree shall eat its fruit.” (Mishlei 27:18)
The fig is a particularly fragile fruit in that each needs to be carefully picked as soon as it ripens in order to avoid infestation. This is an analogy for the study of Torah. One who wishes to truly acquire it must diligently keep to his studies daily.
Life is a quest for knowledge of Hashem and a training ground to emulate His ways. This does not take place overnight. Man is granted many decades because he needs much time to accumulate the vast wisdom of the Torah and to slowly perfect himself. The key is to “harvest” one day at a time, to safeguard its gains, and to build on more in consistent succession. Only one who dances to this tune will enjoy the fruits of his labor.
- Sources: Malbim
*In loving memory of Harav Zeev Shlomo ben Zecharia Leib