Tu B’Shvat

Poem

By Yossi Huttler

Published January 15, 2008, issue of January 18, 2008.

besieged
is man
a tree of the field

entreating for a future
mehudar heart
an esrog graced with life’s ridges and troughs
on this full moon
new year


Tu B’Shvat marks the New Year of the Trees. It is one of the four New Years mentioned in the Mishnah (Rosh HaShana 1:1). In Hasidic tradition, Tu B’Shvat is considered a propitious time to pray that one will find a beautiful etrog to use on the coming Sukkot. This year it falls on January 22.



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