If Tu B’Shevat and human history are to serve as any indications, we can take comfort in the knowledge that we will once again rise above our current malaise and experience collective joy and prosperity. But it may not be quick, and it may not be easy. In the end, we will see better days and use the important lessons learned from our past follies and indiscretions to build a better tomorrow for ourselves and the world around us.
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff is Head of School at Torah Day School of Atlanta. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.