Enter any preschool classroom and you will likely find an image of a big red apple. It is one of the first words that children learn to read: A is for Apple. A reading nook might feature a bespectacled worm, sometimes donning a graduation cap, wriggling through an apple.
The wholesome fruit, symbol of the fall’s arrival and the harvest, also represents knowledge and learning. After all, the classic gift from a student to their teacher is an apple.
On Rosh Hashanah we eat apples dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet year ahead, but does the fruit have something else to teach us? In The Apple Tree’s Discovery, read about how one little tree learned an important lesson by looking inside the fruit she bore. Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we are called to look inside ourselves. Reading about the little apple tree is a reminder that peace doesn’t come from others, it comes from learning to see what is inside of us.