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Why would a joyous celebration of growth take place when nature seems to be so lifeless?

Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year for the Trees, is observed this week, celebrating the beauty of life, the power of creation, and the wonders of nature.

But why would a holiday that focuses on the awe-inspiring cycle of creation be situated when most things that grow appear lifeless? Wouldn’t the spring or summer make more sense for this holiday, when the trees are full of fruit and the flowers are in bloom.

Rabbi Eitiel Goldwicht provides deep insight into this amazing celebration, and the hidden meaning behind celebrating life at the seemingly darkest time of the year.






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