Sunday, January 27, 2013

Plant A Tree for Tu B'Shvat

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Today we planted a tree for Tu B'Shvat.  

Tu B'Shvat is a Jewish holiday that we celebrate the New Year of the Trees. Why would we need to know about the age of a tree?  Well, there are different traditions on planting and picking the fruit of trees that require a 'start date'.  We need to know when it is OK to start eating the fruit, and we need to know what years we need to refrain from eating the fruit in a year where we leave the land fallow.  

You also eat fruits to celebrate, especially grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates, all fruits that grow in the land of Israel and are mentioned in the Torah.

Planting a seed is such a great tactile way to celebrate, so Baby Bear and I planted tree seeds today.  It is really cold outside, so we planted our seeds of Colorado Blue Spruce in a glass jar.

I let Baby Bear dig a little hole, put the seeds and water it.

Now we just have to wait for it to grow so we can plant a seedling outside!

Now we get to watch it grow! 

{PS we got these cool containers at a Bar Mitzvah}
To find out more about Tu B'Shvat, go here

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