January 20, 2011 is Tu Bishevat, which means “the 15th of the month Shevat” and falls—are you ready?—on the 15th of the month Shevat. To spice things up a bit, it is also the new year for trees, which has something to do with Leviticus 19:23-25 and figuring out when you can start eating fruit from trees, though the holiday is not actually mentioned there. “
In this season, primaries and playoffs dominate the media, captivating people’s attention and passion. There are winners and losers for each and every one of these contests.
Isn’t it amazing how wrapped up some of us get, how much emotion we expend, as we root for “our guys” to win? My beloved San Francisco 49ers haven’t been in the hunt for a playoff birth for a very long time, but I am still rooting, for them, still a fan, still energetic in cheering for and/or defending my team.
We so identify with our team that when the game ends, it is as though we ourselves experience “the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.” I admit that I can be downright mopey when “my team” loses, even if it’s the first time I’ve ever rooted for them.
When it comes to politics the stakes are higher, but there are parallels to “the game.”
Sometimes I think I want to invent a new reality show. Not that we don’t have enough already. But I think it would be cool to have something along the lines of, Who Wants to Dance with a Survivor? or Xtreme Life Swap Makeover. You know, something that’s a little edgier that what’s out there right now.
It’s kind of ironic that most of our reality shows don’t deal with reality. Nothing about Iraq, nothing about nuclear arms. Instead they’re mostly about dancing, singing, and looking better. I guess some people’s reality is different than mine.
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 […]
February 7 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 our Tu Bi-Shevat page. Visit the Jewish National Fund’s online […]
“Blessed art thou O Lord our God, King of the universe, who formest light and createst darkness, who makest peace and createst all things; Who in mercy givest light to the earth and to them that dwell thereon, and in thy goodness renewest the creation every day continually.…” (Hertz Prayer Book) If you’re over the […]
From apple trees you get apples and from Jews you get Jews…even if they do believe in Jesus. A child’s first realization that someone does not understand him often causes much wonder and confusion. I remember that day so clearly; I was standing in the girl’s bathroom at Coldwater Canyon Avenue Elementary School. It was […]