Image: A fruit tree in midwinter, with a few dried leaves clinging. (Pixabay)
Tu B’Shevat (TOO beh-SHVAT) is coming, starting at sundown on January 20, 2019. Look around you: if you live in the Northern Hemisphere the trees have prepared for the New Year of the Trees by dropping their old leaves and playing dead.
If you look even more closely you may see that there are the tiniest beginnings of buds on the tips of those bare branches. Ha! It isn’t dead – it is preparing to leaf out.
What if anything are you doing for Tu B’Shevat? A seder? A tree-planting? Gardening routines and rituals? Whatever you do, I hope that you are healthy and that any new beginnings in your life bear lovely fruit!