Latest update: May 10th, 2013
From the very beginning of creation, the Holy One was
occupied with the planting of trees. As it is written:
“G-d planted a garden in Eden.” (Gen. 2:8)
Tree planting ceremonies, especially by children, are traditional on Tu b’Shevat in Israel, where the soil is holy. At the dawn of creation, G-d placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to till it and tend it. We are therefore commanded to take care of the world and be its stewards. Tu b’Shevat also reminds us of our responsibility to the environment – that we should cry out against the enormity of the destruction of rain forests and the degradation of G-d’s world.
About the Author: Dvora Waysman is the author of 13 books, one of which, “The Pomegranate Pendant” was made into the movie “The Golden Pomegranate.” Born in Australia, she has lived in Jerusalem for 44 years.
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