If you wish to revive an early tradition customary in IsraelLit. ''the one who struggles with God.'' Israel means many things. It is first used with reference to Jacob, whose name is changed to Israel (Genesis 32:29), the one who struggles with God. Jacob's children, the Jewish people, become B'nai Israel, the children of Israel. The name also refers to the land of Israel and the State of Israel. that is documented in the TalmudThe rabbinic compendium of lore and legend composed between 200 and 500 CE. Study of the Talmud is the focus of rabbinic scholarship. The Talmud has two versions, the main Babylonian version (Bavli) and the smaller Jerusalem version (Yerushalmi). It is written in Rabbinic Hebrew and Aramaic., you can plant a tree during the ceremony for your daughter. Bring a sapling and at the time of the planting read aloud the Talmudic source. If you choose, you can give out saplings to family members or to all your guests, so that they can actively participate in this tradition.
According to traditional sources, families would plant a tree in honor of the birth of a child. For a boy – they would plant a cedar sapling, and for a girl – a pine, cypress, or acacia tree. The sapling symbolized the parents’ hopes that their children would grow, blossom, and strike roots, and demonstrate sensitivity to the wonders of nature. The planting also represented the parents’ expectation and hope that their children would grow up and marry, and so the marriage canopies were constructed from the same trees that had been planted upon the births of the man and woman now getting married. The Jewish National Fund has maintained this tradition, and plants a tree in honor of every child born in Israel.
It was customary
When a boy was born – they would plant a cedar,
A girl – they would plant a pine,
And when they would getA writ of divorce. Traditionally, only a man can grant his wife a get. Liberal Jews have amended this tradition, making divorce more egalitarian. married
They would cut down [the trees] and make from them a marriage canopy.
–Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Gittin 57a