Tu B’Shevat begins at sunset, tonight, and ends at nightfall tomorrow, February 4th.” It is The New Year for the Trees.
Tu B’Shevat is the new year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing. See Lev. 19:23-25, which states that fruit from trees may not be eaten during the first three years; the fourth year’s fruit is for G-d, and after that, you can eat the fruit. Each tree is considered to have aged one year as of Tu B’Shevat, so if you planted a tree on Shevat 14, it begins its second year the next day, but if you plant a tree two days later, on Shevat 16, it does not reach its second year until the next Tu B’Shevat.
It is time for Nature Notes Wednesday.
It is also Outdoor Wednesday, today!
April 11, 2012 – 19 Nisan, 5772
The Great Egret taken at a pond at the perimeter of an orange grove.
The two tree captures are from Descanso Gardens. I have no idea who the individuals are, and blurred their faces.
Our World Tuesday
Amy Meltzer’s blog, Homeshuling, will be hosting the April Jewish Book Carnival. Get your links to her by this Thursday, April 12, 2012. Email them to morahamy [at] yahoo [dot] com.
The Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California is thrilled to announce that the 47th Annual AJL convention will be held at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California.
Read Leonard Fein’s article regarding A.B. Yehoshua on being a complete Jew vs a partial Jew.
The Arrogant Years: One Girl’s Search for Her Lost Youth, From Cairo to Brooklyn, by Lucette Lagnado, looks to be as good a read as her first memoir, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit.
I came across this book, and it is a must buy for me...An Exclusive Love, a Memoir, by Johanna Adorjan
April 10, 2012 – 18 Nisan, 5772
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I loved the gnarled roots on this tree.
In the photograph above, I was struck how the oranges were clinging to the bare branches. Every tree surrounding this one had leaves on it, and this was the only one that was bare but for the oranges.
Visit Straight Out of the Camera Sunday for more photos from around the world.
March 11, 2012 – 17 Adar, 5772
Tonight at dusk, begins the celebration of Tu B’Shvat, or New Year of the Trees. It is not a major Jewish holiday, but still a wonderful reason to participate and celebrate this happy Jewish traditional. It will continue through dusk tomorrow.
Some celebrate with a feast of varied fruits and/or nuts harvested from trees. The planting of trees is another custom, especially in Israel, where trees are planted through the Jewish National Fund. It is the like Arbor Day, in the U.S.
Environmental education has grown from this lovely Jewish tradition. Take a moment to reflect on our environment and what we can do to help conserve and preserve our resources.
February 7, 2012 – 14 Sh’vat, 5772
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