Chodesh Shvat Tov to all! We were attending an event in Kibbutz HaLamed Hei, and arrived early. Just up the road is Tel Socho overlooking the Valley of Elah - the place where the epic battle of David and Goliath took place, so I decided to record a message there so you can see where this famous narrative took place. Initially it wasn't a battle, it was a masterful rhetoric waging a psychological war. Goliath called the soldiers "servants of Shaul", but there was a serious sting behind his words. Watch the video to find out and see the place where it all took place.
Shvat brings a new energy where we emerge out of the darkness. During the dark and cold winter months the trees are sapped. Shvat, and specifically Tu b'Shvat is the time when new growth is initiated. It's a time to make that conscious switch, not to give up, not to give in.