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Positive Mitzvah 119

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Positive Mitzvah 119: Fruits of the Fourth Year
Leviticus 19:24 "But in the fourth year, all its (the tree's) fruit shall be holy for praise-giving to the L-rd"

A tree's fruit cannot be eaten for the first three years of its growth (see Negative Mitzvah 192).

The farmer must take the fruits of the fourth year to Jerusalem and eat them in the city.

This helps him realize that, despite all his toil and labor, it is HaShem that actually causes the trees to flower and the fruit to grow.

There's no such thing as defeat. There's always another chance. To believe in defeat is to believe that there is something, a certain point in time that did not come from Above.

Know that G-d doesn't have failures. If things appear to worsen, it is only as part of them getting better. We only fall down in order to bounce back even higher.

From: Bringing Heaven Down to Earth by Tzvi Freeman -

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