Wednesday, February 8th is Tu B'Shevat which is one of the four Jewish New Years. On Tu B'Shevat (literally the 15th of the month of Shevat) we celebrate the New Year for Trees and it is also thought to mark the beginning of Spring. In Israel, they welcome the beginning of Spring on the blossoming of the almond tree. In Israel this tree is always the first to blossom.
Even though it still feels like Winter, this tree gives us hope that Spring is on its way. Like how many of us have woes and worries and we think we're never going to escape our problems. Its Winter all the time. But then, right in the middle of winter, the almond blossoms to remind us that Spring is coming. There will be a bright morning. There is hope. We should not despair. Spring is coming.
Happy Tu B'Shevat to you all!