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Jewish tradition attributes healing qualities to the apple. Although
today the apple is low in nutritional value, it is rich in antioxidants
helpful in preventing heart disease and cancer. In the End of Days, the
apple - along with all other trees - will be restored to the complete
strength it enjoyed in the Garden of Eden. See the Appendix at the end
of this article for a detailed assessment.

Abraham Ibn Ezra interprets the first two words of Song of Songs 2:5 as
meaning "Invigorate me with apples." Rashi comments on this verse that
our Sages advised bringing apples to the sick to heal them. Today the
apple still symbolizes good health, as reflected in the popular folk
saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."

The Zohar (Acharei Mot) says that the apple has healing qualities: Just
as the apple heals all, so the Holy One, blessed be He, heals all.

The Zohar continues: Just as the apple has various colors (white, red,
green), so the Holy One, blessed be He, has various supernal colors
(white, red, green, corresponding to the attributes of chesed
[loving-kindness], gevura [might], and tiferet [beauty]), (Zohar,
Acharei Mot; Ziv HaZohar, VaEtchanan).

The symbol of the green apple reveals some of the hidden meaning behind
this teaching of the Zohar. Tiferet, the kabbalistic attribute of
harmony and beauty, is associated with green, the color of healing. The
word tav-pei-alef-reish-tav (tiferet) derives from the root
pei-alef-reish (pe'er), as reflected in reish-pei- vav-alef- hei
(refu'a), healing.

The patriarch Jacob is associated with tiferet and the balance and
harmony between kindness and severity, and he has a special connection
with health. Talmud Ta'anit 5b says, "Our father Jacob did not die."


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Psalm 134 calls: “At this moment bless the Tree of Life, all you who serve the Tree of Life.” This signifies the apple tree (tapuach). The
apple is the teacher of beauty. Its sweet-smelling blossoms last only a
few days, but they are a joy to the senses. The apple tree shows us
the glory of the present moment. The Shekhinah Herself, the presence of
God, is called the “field of apple trees”—the source of all the world’s
beauty. The apple teaches us to be present in the moment—not merely to
understand, but to be.

Psalm 134 calls: “At this moment bless the Tree of Life, all you who serve the Tree of Life.” This signifies the apple tree (tapuach). The
apple is the teacher of beauty. Its sweet-smelling blossoms last only a
few days, but they are a joy to the senses. The apple tree shows us
the glory of the present moment. The Shekhinah Herself, the presence of
God, is called the “field of apple trees”—the source of all the world’s
beauty. The apple teaches us to be present in the moment—not merely to
understand, but to be.

The Divine One created good trees so the children of earth might benefit from them.t.
Moreover, the Midrash associates Jacob with apples because his father
Isaac sensed a fragrance of apples when the disguised Jacob came for his
father's blessing. (See Rashi on Gen. 27:24. Rebecca gave Jacob
Adam's garments from the Garden of Eden, which had been passed down to
Esau via Nimrod. When Esau wore them, the fragrance was hidden; but
when Jacob wore them, the fragrance overwhelmed Isaac.)

The Ben Ish Chai writes that the apple tree is the only fruit tree that
has its spiritual source in the attribute of tiferet. This is yet
another indication of the special connection of the apple with healing
(Ben Ish Chai, Halakhot, Nitsavim).

Tiferet and healing are attributes which, for the Jew, operate on a
supernatural level. Our request for health is the eighth blessing in the
weekday Shemoneh Esrei prayer:

Heal us, O L-rd, and we shall be healed; help us and we shall be saved;
for You are our praise. Grant complete cure and healing to all our
wounds; for You, A-lmighty King, are a faithful and merciful healer.
Blessed are You, L-rd, Who heals the sick of His people Israel.

As G-d created the universe in seven days, the number eight connotes
"above nature," beyond the usual natural order. Brit mila (circumcision)
is generally performed on the eighth day after the birth of a Jewish
male child. The brit itself is a sign that the Jew is connected to G-d
on a supra-natural level. Raphael, the angel of tiferet, came disguised
as a guest to heal Abraham on the third day after his circumcision
(Rashi on Gen. 18:2).
" The Zohar tells us that everything in Creation is inscribed with this special Name of G-d"

The ineffable four-letter Name of G-d, which we respectfully refer to as
yud-kay-vav-kay, symbolizes G-d's transcendence and control of
nature. This Name is associated with the attribute of tiferet (see
Be'er Mayim Chayim on VaEtchanan). The tetragrammaton is the central
Name of G-d, and all other Divine Names are secondary to it (Pri
Tsaddik, Volume 5, 134). By the strength of this Name the nature of the
universe can be broken (Be'er Mayim Chayyim, VaEtchanan).

The Zohar tells us that everything in Creation is inscribed with this
special Name of G-d. It is His trademark on everything, showing Who
created it (Zohar, Ra'aya Mehemna, VaEtchanan). It is like the hidden
signature of an artist on his paintings.

With this in mind, if we cut an apple open along its horizontal axis, we
can find markings that suggest G-d's inscription of His holy
Four-Letter Name on the apple itself. (I heard this interpretation of
the apple from Rabbi Abraham Brandwein of the Old City of Jerusalem, in
the name of Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh.) The letter yud (numeric value =
10) is indicated by the ten dots in the pulp surrounding the seeds. The
letter hei is indicated by the five seed spaces in the core of the
apple. The shape of the letter vav is drawn by the stem. The second hei
is indicated by the five seeds.

On Sabbath eves, some kabbalistic rabbis give apples to their students.
If we eat an apple with the proper intention, and if we serve G-d with
the strength that we gain from eating this apple, we thereby join
ourselves to G-d in holiness.

Upon leaving Egypt, the Jewish people were informed that G-d and His Torah are their source of healing:

If you obey G-d your L-rd and do what is right in His eyes, carefully
heeding all His Commandments and keeping all His decrees, then I will
not strike you with any of the sicknesses that I brought on Egypt. I am
G-d Who heals you (Ex. 15:26).
" May we connect ourselves, like apples, to the tree of G-d and unite with His attribute of tiferet"

Spiritual health is the source of our physical health. Torah is the
remedy. Spiritual perfection - full Torah observance - is the gateway to
physical health. May we connect ourselves, like apples, to the tree of
G-d and unite with His attribute of tiferet. When we fully cleave to
G-d and Torah, the Tree of Life, we shall be healed.

Appendix

Despite its dismal nutritional appearance, the apple contains various
healing agents which are not apparent under the standard procedures of
assessing nutritional composition. These healing agents relate to both
of today's greatest health problems: heart disease and cancer. The apple
contains agents that can lower blood cholesterol levels, a major risk
factor in heart disease, as well as cancer-preventing agents.

Antioxidants - phytochemicals present in apples in very small amounts -
are powerful cancer and heart-disease preventers. Flavonoids are
polyphenic antioxidants that occur naturally in vegetables and fruits,
and apples are a major source of flavonoids. Flavonoids help to lower
blood cholesterol levels and prevent blood clotting, thus reducing the
likelihood of a fatal heart attack. Flavonoid intake has been shown to
have an inverse correlation with mortality from coronary heart disease
(Lancet, Volume 342 [October 23, 1993], pages 1007-1011).

Apples also contain nutritional fiber, which has a protective influence
on our health. Nutritionists generally speak of two types of fiber,
soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers are non-nutrient components that
are soluble in water; insoluble fibers are not water soluble. The apple
contains both types of fiber, with all of their disease-preventing
benefits. The soluble fibers have the potential to lower serum lipid
(fat, i.e., cholesterol, triglyceride) levels. Pectin, a major soluble
fiber, is present in significant amounts in apples. Apples are the most
common food source for cholesterol-lowering pectin. The apple peel,
which mainly consists of insoluble or indigestible fiber, has long been
noted for its anti-constipation and anti-cancer potential.

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