Yesterday was the Jewish holiday of Tu b'Shevat, our Rosh Hashana ha-Ilanot, our New Year of Trees, the Jewish Arbor day.
On the 15th day of the month of Shevat, the mystical rabbis of Safet say, the new waters of spring start rising in the trees.
This day is the birthday of trees, and we count age in years from this day.
So, in honor of the holiday just past, here is a celebration of trees throughout the seasons.
In winter, some trees sleep,
but the evergreens, though covered in snow,
still use the sun's energy to feed themselves, albeit slowly.
And they are still tirelessly giving oxygen to the atmosphere.
Even clad in snow, they still provide cover to animals,
and beauty to the forest.
During the long days of summer,
the trees give us shade,
and the cool breezes blow through them,
bringing welcome relief from
the heat of the sun.