New Year of the Trees

Dear Friends,

Next Monday we will be celebrating Tu B’Shvat, the “New Year of the Trees” here in Israel! This is a central holiday on the Israeli calendar signifying rebirth, renewal, and redemption.

Over the past few weeks Israel has received unprecedented levels of rainfall. These rains of blessing watered and prepared the land to give forth new life. Now we wait in anticipation for the blossoming of the trees native to God’s land. This period of renewal and rebirth is described in the creation story:

“And Hashem said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation: seed-bearing plants, fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: seed-bearing plants of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And Hashem saw that this was good” (Genesis 1:11-12)

Every year, Israel experiences this magical rebirth. Once the rains stop, the land flourishes. And Hashem sees that this is good.

Tu B’Shvat is the celebration of new life and redemption. A green and flourishing Israel is the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy; “And I will plant them upon their soil, Nevermore to be uprooted From the soil I have given them —said Hashem your God” (Amos 9:15).

Be a part of renewal, rebirth, and redemption by helping to fulfill God’s word and beautifying His land.

Rabi Tuly Weisz

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