Shalom, welcome to “the Jewish word on Wednesdays”. Today consider the word “shaked,” which in Hebrew means “almond”.
Almond trees begin to bloom the very first, almost the first after the winter. It’s a sign of the coming spring. We read of the “shaked” – the almonds, in the first Chapter of Jeremiah, verse 11: “What do you see, Jeremiah? I said I see a rod of an almond tree. The Lord said to me, you have well seen: for I watch over My word to it will soon come.”
What is the connection between these two things? “shaked,” almond talked about Jeremiah, like the word “shaked” which means that God does with his word He watches over it, that is, He is like a guardian. And the flowering almond, which starts after the winter (“shaked”) is a sign. So we know that spring comes, God always fulfilled his Word. When we have winter, we think spring will never come, but God watches over his word to see it fulfilled.