Happy New Year to the trees – enjoy this fabulous creation!
Tomorrow is Tu B’Shevat , ט״ו בשבט, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. This special Jewish day commemorates the New Year of the Trees.
We are taught that the trees are judged on this date for the fruit that will be produced in the next growing year. In Israel, this is the beginning of fruit trees emerging from winter dormancy to begin a new fruit-bearing season.
To commemorate this special day, we enjoy fruit, especially fruits synonymous with the Land of Israel. In the Torah, certain fruits are praised as the bounty of Israel and we make certain to enjoy these fruits on this day. These fruits of mention are olives, dates, grapes, figs and pomegranates.
Tu B’Shevat reminds us of the dormant potential in the trees and in each one of us. Just as the trees and their seeds lie dormant during the harsh and cold…
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