Israel marks 'New Year of the Trees'

Tuesday, February 07, 2012 |  Israel Today Staff

On Tuesday evening marks the beginning of Tu Bisvhat, the Jewish "New Year of the Trees" that has been celebrated by Jews for millennia.

The post-biblical holiday is a celebration of the fruitfulness of the trees and other fruit-bearing plants in our midst, and a reminder that the first fruits belong to God.

In Israel, Tu Bishvat is marked by eating lots of fruit and nuts, as well as spending time in nature and planting new trees.

This Tu Bishvat is particularly significant for us at Israel Today and for all our readers, since this Thursday we will be dedicating the new Israel Today Forest in northern Israel.

Situated adjacent to the Carmel Mountain region that that saw 790 acres of lush forest destroyed in a massive wildfire in December 2010, the Israel Today Forest will include a metal plaque identifying it as having been paid for by the Israel-loving Christians who read Israel Today.

The dedication ceremony will take place this coming Thursday (February 9) at 10:00 AM at Kibbut Ein Hashofet, and you are all invited!

We realize the short notice means only those readers who are currently in Israel will likely be able to attend, but we would love to see as many of you there as possible. This is your forest!

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