January 25 is the minor holiday (not commanded in Scripture) of Tu Bi-Shevat, traditionally marking the beginning of springtime in Israel. It is also considered the New Year of Trees.” One custom associated with this holiday is tree planting.
For more on Tu Bi-Shevat, see:
- The Jews for Jesus site
- mavensearch.com: An index of Jewish sites representing various modern-day Jewish approaches to the holiday
- myjewishlearning.com: One site we didn’t see listed in the above index
- Jewish National Fund’s online tree planting center: where you can plant a tree as a gift or in memory of a loved one
One more thing: some of the mainstream Jewish sites speak of the Kabbalah. Kabbalah is a kind of Jewish mysticism that — at least in its current popular form — tends to be “New-Age” in its orientation. For our take on the Kabbalah, see our online articles:
PLEASE NOTE: We do not necessarily endorse all the content you will see on all the sites we’ve mentioned, but if you read them judiciously, we hope you will find them both interesting and helpful for learning.