The Upside Down Tree is a space where I share my thoughts, questions, and insights, and explore spirituality, self-improvement, literature, psychology, and education. Through my research, learning, and experience, I expand my mind and refine my understanding of the truth. For the benefit of my family, friends, and anyone else who lands here, I discuss my ideas and inspirations.

 אמר רבי אלעזר ברבי צדוק למה צדיקים נמשלים בעולם הזה לאילן שכולו עומד במקום  טהרה ונופו נוטה למקום טומאה - קידושין דף מ ע''ב

Rabbi Elezar son of Rabbi Tzadok says to what are the righteous in this world compared? To a tree standing completely in a pure place and its branches stretching into an impure place (Kiddushin 40B)

והיה כאץ שתול על פלגי מים אשר פירו יתן בעתו ועלהו לא יובל וכל אשר יעשה יצליח - תהלים א:ג

The righteous one is like a tree planted on streams of water which yields its fruit in its time and its leaf never withers and whatever it produces thrives (Psalms 1:3)

נשכילהו כעץ אשר שרשיו נטועים ונשרשים למעלה ונופו נוטה למטה, כי המוח באדם הוא תחת השורש בעץ השדה, ממנו יוצאות כל ההרגשות אל הענפים שהם האיברים כולמו ואליו ישובון, כמו  שישלח העץ לחותיו ומזונו מן השורש אל הענפים - מלבי"ם על תהלים א:ג

We find [a person] is like a tree, his roots planted and rooted above and his branches stretching down, as the brain of a person is in place of the root of the tree of the field. From it, spread all emotions to the branches which are the all the limbs, and to it they return, just like a tree sends moisture and nourishment from the root to the branches. (Malbim on Psalms 1:3)

A person is like an upside down tree, rooted in a metaphysical, spiritual reality, and extending downwards into the physical, material world. A person’s thoughts, words, and actions are sustained by a continuous connection and flow from both beyond and within.

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