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Tu Bishvat is Here!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Photo via Microsoft Office

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.

What to know more? Take a look here and here.

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:

(A Tale for Tu B’shvat from G-dcast.com. More Torah cartoons at www.g-dcast.com)

Learn more about Honi HaM’agel here, here, and here. And remember to eat a fruit of a tree today…and show your thanks.

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.

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  1. Wednesday, 19 January 2011 11:24 pm

    I’m glad you said that. I’ve always been bothered by The Giving Tree, but everyone else seems to love its message.

    Here in Israel the temperature has risen slightly and we’re actually having a fairly sunny Tu B’Shvat after a very gray week.

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