Tu BiShvat — New Year of Trees

Almond Trees, Israel
Kibbutz Netiv HaLamed-Heh, Israel, 1981

Since ancient times, Jews have celebrated the New Year of Trees on the 15th of the month of Shvat (February 10 at sundown in 2017). In Israel, the cold, rainy winter is coming to an end and flowering almond trees announce the arrival of spring.

cov_whatonearth_250pxToday, in Israel and the diaspora, TuBishvat has become the Jewish Earth Day and I’m pleased that Jewish educators are planning to include What On Earth Can We Do? in their Tu BiShvat and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) programming.

In honor of Tu BiShvat, I’ve compiled a selection of my photographs and drawings of trees.


Croton-on-Hudson, NY, 1975

sper_tree_infared_providence
Providence, RI, 1976

Tree, Lake Tahoe, NV, 1993
Lake Tahoe, NV, 1993

Tree, Zurich
Zurich, 2002

Red Rock Branch
Red Rock State Park, AZ, 2003

Acadia droplets on pink branch
Asticou Azalea Garden, Northeast Harbor, ME

Dreamy Branch
Istanbul, Turkey, 2005

Birch tree, Newton
Newton, MA, 2016

Birch Trees, Cabot Woods
Newton, MA, 2016

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