Tu Bishvat – The Jewish “New Year of Trees – is coming up in a couple of weeks

Tu Bishvat is one of my favourite holidays, because it reminds us that, even when winter seems to be settling in for what seems to be forever, it is spring somewhere. Our trees are dormant here, waiting for the next Polar Vortex to chill them to their roots, but in Israel, the sap is starting to rise and the leaves and buds are coming to life.

My sweet friend Michal does better justice to this lovely holiday than I ever could, so I will let you read her comments:

 

Tu Bishvat – The Jewish \”New Year of Trees – is coming up in a couple of weeks.

Then enjoy this delicious recipe:

Drunk Figs in Red wine and Brandy, filled with almonds

 

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4 thoughts on “Tu Bishvat – The Jewish “New Year of Trees – is coming up in a couple of weeks

    • I meant to post this two weeks ago, and I got busy. Usually I have a whole seder prepared for Tu Bishvat, but this year I was not so organized. But I will cook something suitable for my children, and happily eat lots of fruit!

      • Doing a seder is a lovely idea – a great way to get the kids involved. I have little ones so they’ll be doing tree planting which I believe we’re invited to as well. My wife makes an insane fig challa which I might get her to guest post about – it’s not far off being cake and if there are leftovers it makes wonderful French toast!

      • No tree-planting here in Canada, alas! Not for a while, anyway.

        A few years ago, Tu Bishvat fell on Robbie Burns Day (Jan 25) and we combined a seder with a traditional Burns night, matching different single malt Scotches to different fruits and working some of Burns’ poetry into a seder. That was NOT for kids, though -definitely an adults-only event!

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