Tu Bishvat is Here!
And with the setting of the sun, we wish our trees a happy birthday.
That’s right. Tu Bishvat heegia, chag ha-ilanot. The 15th of Shvat is here, the holiday of the trees.
When I was growing up, Tu Bishvat included an annual reading of The Giving Tree. I must admit that the story has always troubled me. I found the one-sided relationship upsetting and was disappointed that the boy learned nothing from the tree, remaining selfish until the very end. (My new favourite Tu Bishvat read is Our Tree Named Steve. In case you were wondering.)
For a more traditional Tu Bishvat tale, take a look at what G-dCast has put together:
Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, borei peri ha-etz.
Blessed are You, Source of all life, Creator of the fruit of the tree.