Originally just the day when trees were considered a year older, relevant in the ancient world for tithing purposes—Tu b’Shevat was transformed by the kabbalists of Safed into a celebration of both nature, its fruits, and the Divine "tree" reaching towards us.
All over the world, Jews are marking the holiday of Tu b’Shevat. It is the new year for the trees, an observance that might have been meaningful for our ancestors in ancient Israel, but that feels a...
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In honor of Tu B'shevat, we are happy to offer this piece from our friends at Isabella Freedman. On behalf of the Ritualwell team, we wish you a joyous and fruitful New Year of the Trees!
On Rosh Hashanah L’ilanot, the New Year of the Trees, the trees and the Tree of Life are judged for another year of fertility or not—just like human beings are judged on Rosh Hashanah.
While winter may not seem like the most obvious time to appreciate the abundance that comes forth from our land, I find myself particularly attuned to the rewards that can be gleaned through proper planning and partnership with the land.