Tu B'Shvat: Cultivating Jewish Resilience, Renewal, and Solidarity with Israel

    01.23.24 | Stories, News, Articles

    “Even if every wind in the world were to come and blow upon it, they could not shift [a tree] from its place.” ~ Pirkei Avot

    Tomorrow night, January 24, begins the celebration of Tu B’Shvat, the new year of the trees. Beyond its agricultural importance, Tu B’Shvat has spiritual and cultural significance as well. Kabbalists see the holiday as a reminder of the divine sparks found within ourselves and in nature as symbolized by the fruit, seeds, and nuts of the land of Israel. Zionists embrace the holiday as a reminder of our deep roots and the wide reach of our cultural branches: the tree as a symbol of the Jewish people’s return to their ancestral homeland of Zion. 

    Today, amid the current turmoil in Israel, these meanings take on an even more poignant significance. Now more than ever, your actions, engagement, and support for Israel are crucial. So to honor Tu B’Shvat, to bolster our Jewish roots and fortify our far-reaching branches, we ask you to consider joining Rabbi Aaronson beginning March 31 on a very special solidarity mission to Israel. This is not a sightseeing trip: it is a journey of healing and rebuilding.

    From volunteering to witnessing stories of impact, this will be an opportunity for Temple Judea to show up for the people of Israel. Click HERE to learn more and express your interest in joining this adults-only, impactful mission. By joining Rabbi Aaronson on this trip, you will be a meaningful part of a collective journey towards growth, renewal, and enduring solidarity against those seeking our annihilation.

    We encourage you to strengthen your relationship with Israel, whether you choose to join Rabbi Aaronson’s mission, offer support through the other events and nonprofits listed on our website, plant a tree through the Jewish National Fund, or indulge in theTu B'Shvat tradition of enjoying one of the country’s seven significant fruits (wheat, grapes, barley, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates). Let us stand strong in our shared commitment to nurture a thriving, resilient Jewish homeland that won’t be uprooted by antisemitism and hatred. 

    Chag Sameach!

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