Saturday, January 28, 2012
HAPPY TU B'SHEVAT!
HAPPY TU B’SHEVAT!
Did you know that it’s A Time To.... Celebrate again? Or more precisely, A Time To Plant?
Tu B’Shevat, the new year for trees is one of four new years in the Jewish calendar, occurring on the 15th of the month of Shevat. “Tu” stands for the Hebrew letters signifying 15 and B’Shevat means “of Shevat.”
This year, that means we celebrate from sunset on Tuesday, February 7th through nightfall of the following day.
I love that we Jews celebrate nature. I also love what trees represent, that each generation provides for the next. As the Talmud says,
“Just as my parents planted for me, so I plant for my children.”
Why not plant something today with your child? A flower, an herb or just the idea that we can partner with God in creation and appreciate the beauty of nature!
To read more about what our tradition teaches about trees, get your copy of A Time To
Be Born: A Jewish Baby Journal!