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Like Tree, Like Child: Tu B’Shevat & Nurturing
TREES ARE LIKE PEOPLE
In ancient times, the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat — New Year for the trees — served primarily as a marker within the agriculture cycle. Over the centuries, however, the holiday has taken on new meanings and metaphors.
Medieval kabbalists, for example, perceived Tu B’Shevat as a celebration of commonalities among trees and mankind. As they saw it, trees and people alike benefitted from deep roots, a strong base, and consistent nurturing.