(1) Tu B’Shevat – the new year for trees on the traditional Jewish calendar, Thursday evening January 20, 2011.
(2) The recent destruction of 5 million trees on 12,500 acres in the Carmel Forest in Israel by forest fire.
It’s January and the new year for trees is here. Find out how you can Bloom! where you are Planted! after the jump.
Well, first of all, the celebration of Tu B’Shevat is lots of fun, biblically illuminating, and a rare chance to put yourself in touch with the Bible and the great, green earth all at once. You can go all eco-kosher for a day if you’d like (or maybe you always do it).
And, sort of at that last minute, but definitely in time, First Fruits of Zion has a guide you can order in the next few days and get it in time to have a Tu B’Shevat Seder with your family, friends, synagogue, church, or whatever.
At Tu B’Shevat you can enjoy the Seven Species of the Bible (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, dates, pomegranates, and olives) and make a connection between life, food, trees, plants, and the Creator of everything green.
And you can raise a little money or even start a regular collection at the Seder for the Jewish National Fund and the planting of trees.
So, this is a call to action. I hope many will join me and Bloom! where you are Planted!
STEP 2: Have a Tu B’Shevat Seder on Thursday night, January 20, 2011.