Happy Birthday to the Trees!

January 31, 2023

By Rabbi Ariel Platt, Director of J Life

Why do trees hate riddles? Because it’s too easy to get stumped.

The holiday, Tu BiShevat (15th of Shevat), is often referred to as the “Birthday of the Trees”. This year it begins at sundown February 5th, and ends at sundown February 6th. In Israel it also marks the beginning of Spring. There are great traditional ways of celebrating, such as planting a tree, or having a Tu BiShevat seder. However this year, since it is the “Birthday of the trees,” my family is going to plan a birthday party for our favorite tree. I invite you and your family to join us in trying something new, and plan a birthday party for your favorite tree or trees.

When planning your birthday party, here is a list of details to think about:

  1. Decorations – create decorations to hang on your tree
  2. Food – You can use traditional foods from the Tu BiShevat Seder, such as dried or fresh fruits and nuts.
  3. Water – Trees love to drink water
  4. Party supplies 
  5. Anything that you think will make the tree happy.

Happy Birthday in Hebrew: “Yom chuledet sameach, yom chuledet sameach, yom chuledet sameach, yom chuledet sameach!”

Enjoy your birthday party!

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