While I’ll be planting literal trees, I’ll also be planting ideas.
Following his successful Pollution in a Promised Land: An Environmental History of Israel leading Israeli environmental lawyer and activist Alon Tal has produced another must read for anyone interested in learning more about the land of Israel; in this case the trees that call that land home. His latest book, All the Trees of the Forest: Israel’s Woodlands from the Bible to the Present reads like a combination of a Sherlock Holmes novel filled with characters working to solve the case of what is best for the land of Israel when it comes to trees, and a tractate of the Talmud where divergent issues are explored that all add to a deeper understanding of the issue at hand.
Tu B’Shvat seems to be a holiday in transition. Once a celebration of all things Israeli, its modern incarnation is as an eco-conscious ‘green’ Jewish holiday.
The history of modern Israel can arguably be told through its trees.