|Tu B'Shvat in the Other Promised Land|
By Liore Milgrom-Elcott
SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 8, 2012) — Tu B’Shvat last year was freezing. Where I lived in New York, there was snow on the ground and the only things blooming were indoor plants tricked by artificial heat and light. But I’ve since moved and here the trees follow our holiday calendar like clockwork. As one would expect with Tu B’Shvat, almond trees are blooming by the farms and ornamental plums here in town have all just started to bloom. Streets are lined with beautiful purple-pink flowers and I’m amazed. And weeks before Sukkot, etrogim (known by the farmers as citrons) emerged at my local farmers’ markets.
Liore Milgrom-Elcott is a member of the board of directors of the Green Zionist Alliance.
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