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Festival of Trees: Why Celebrate in the Dead of Winter?

The art of making the bitter sweet.

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(8) Dvora, February 12, 2017 1:14 AM

Tu B'shvat

I remember celebrating when my great Uncle Sid was alive. We planted trees. I lost him when I was so young. I learned to pay respect to nature, and I would with a deep penetrating discernment note any environment I walk into. If there are no birds or they are quarreling, if the trees look sickly, I note impending danger. It never fails me. I believe, in my own way, every day is Tu B'shvat for me.

(7) Anonymous, February 10, 2017 7:00 AM


I showed it to my class- they were mesmerized & inspired

(6) Keren, February 10, 2017 5:45 AM

Loved it

Really brings out how Tu bishvat and the idea that growth occurs in the time of darkness so nicely

(5) Anonymous, February 8, 2017 2:06 PM

so brilliantly explained-so inspiring


(4) Yehuda, February 8, 2017 1:35 PM

But in Eretz Yisrael....

The reason why we celebrate Tu Bishvat specifically on this day - in addition to being the day the sap starts to run in chutz la'aretz - is that on Tu Bishvat in Eretz Yisrael the first trees begin to blossom. The almond trees start blossming either on Tu Bishvat itself, or in the week or so beforehand. In Eretz Yisrael, it's not so hidden - it is actually the beginning of the outward, open growth of the new year.

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