What are the differences between men and women? Man and woman represent two forms of divine energy; they are the male and female elements of a single soul. Learn more in this excerpt from “Toward a Meaningful Life”.
For a human being to lead a total life, he or she must have both the masculine and feminine forms of energy: the power of strength and the power of subtlety; the power of giving and the power of receiving. Ideally, these energies are merged seamlessly.
“Man is [like] a tree of the field,” and the Jewish calendar reserves one day each year—the “New Year for Trees” on the 15th of Shevat—for us to contemplate our affinity with our botanical analogue and what it can teach us about our own lives.