By Deena Levenstein
While in certain parts of the world this season is known for bare trees and grey skies, Israel is quite the opposite. There are many blue-sky days and the rainy days make many parts of the country seem like they are covered in a lush carpet of green. The trees blossom and surprise wild flowers pop out of the ground for a few weeks (more on that here soon!).
It makes sense that it is this time of year that we celebrate Tu B’Shvat, the holiday known as the new year of the trees. This year it falls on February 4, 2015 (beginning on the eve before). It is the day on which people plant trees and generally become one with nature through fruit-eating and out-door frolicking.
The thing is that this year is Shmita, the sabbatical year in Israel during which the ground is allowed to rest. This means no planting, pruning, harvesting and other farming activity. Shmita is the seventh year in a seven year cycle (which, in turn, is part of a 50 year cycle) and it is observed by the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund.
So this year the holiday is a celebration of nature, as always, but sans tree planting.
There are events and Tu B’Shvat seders throughout Israel. Here is a list of things to do in Jerusalem for Tu B’Shvat this year. Full disclaimer: I wrote half of the list. 🙂
So go have yourself a happy Tu B’Shvat and a great hug with a tree.
- ‘Tis the season of blooming almond trees (photo source)
Subscribe to our newsletter
you may also like
33 Flavors at the Mahane Yehuda Market – Part I
Walking through Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market with Chef Tali Friedman is like walking through a toy store with a child who has learned the toys off by heart and knows exactly which are his favorites and why.June 19, 2015
The Best Touring Israel Moments of June 2015 – in Photos
Touring Israel’s clients truly lucked out this June with the most balmy weather throughout Israel, creating the perfect setup for their luxury…July 3, 2015
The story of Magdala in the Galilee
One cold winter morning I drove over to Magdala Center by the Sea of Galilee, to finally learn about the exciting findings that were excavated in this place I’d been hearing about for years. This is what I learned…August 21, 2015
What to Expect in Israel on Purim
In Israel, every reason is a reason to party and Purim is the ultimate reason, bringing thousands to the streets in hilarious costumes for huge street carnivals and parties galore.March 4, 2015
5 creative shops in downtown Jerusalem
From a muffin boutique to a make-your-own perfume shop, these 5 stores offer a unique and authentically Jerusalem experience.September 4, 2015
Four Cups, Four Sons & Four Things to do Over Passover
Eat, drink, bike and climb: here are four ways to get the full Passover-in-Israel experience.April 3, 2015
It’s all about the hotels in Israel, where luxe meets historic
For a small country, Israel has a lot of hotels. There are luxury hotels and simple kibbutz accommodations, spacious resorts and…January 4, 2018
What Election Day in Israel is Really Like
Israelis repeatedly fascinate and entertain me with their playful approach to the most serious of issues. I know, I know – that is not at all what you’re seeing on the news as Israel’s elections seem to have taken over, even internationally. But walk the streets of Israel’s cities today and you’ll probably notice a surprisingly relaxed vibe.March 17, 2015
The Land of Wildflowers
By Touring Israel CEO – Joe Yudin Most tourists who have never been to Israel before think of this land as…February 26, 2017