Poetry by Yossi Huttler
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.
The eighth and final day of Hanukkah is known as Zot, or Zos, Chanukah, which is a paraphrase from a verse (Numbers 7:84) in the Torah portion that is read that day. According to Jewish tradition, Zos Chanukah is the final “seal” of the High Holy Day season and is considered an auspicious time for repentance and the fulfillment of prayers.
23 Elul 5761 (September 11, 2001)
Holaich VeChazaik (Growing Ever Stronger)