The playlist this week is a celebration of trees because it is Tu B’Shevat soon. Yay for trees!
Tu BiShvat (Hebrew: ט״ו בשבט) is a Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat (in 2018, Tu BiShvat begins at sunset on January 30 and ends at nightfall on January 31). It is also called “Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot” (Hebrew: ראש השנה לאילנות), literally “New Year of the Trees.” In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration. (from Wikipedia)
You can also find out more about the Jewish New Year for Trees at Judaism 101.
The first song on the playlist is by an American, Teacher Davis, but he does such a good job of describing what Tu B’Shevat is for us I let him start things off. In that song they talk about Tu B’Shevat being a birthday for trees, so I followed it up with Royal Canoe’s song Birthday. The rest of the playlist is filled with songs about trees, forests, leaves, wood, paper and fruit. That music carries on until the last track on the playlist that is a story about The Fig Tree by Stuart McLean.
Enjoy the music and the story and maybe some figs or pomegranate while you listen. Then go plant a new tree or give one a hug for their birthday. They deserve it.
Happy Tu B’Shevat!