Tu Bishvat for Today’s World
Happy Tu Bishvat everyone!! It’s the birthday of the trees - the day we celebrate and contemplate the trees and growing things around us…Yes, we have a day for that. It’s one of the few days that has no controversy surrounding it - there’s no historical issue - no revisionist propaganda - no one who could argue that this is hurting someone or based in a racist philosophy or demands archeological proof that there were really trees in the ancient world. We simply celebrate trees and the fruit or nuts they produce… oh oh, I said it…the word that brings shakes and quivers to the culinary industry…the word that makes every parent pale when it’s mentioned and causes stressful conversations before play dates…yes, the dreaded word - NUTS.
So to be politically correct, let’s agree to have a nut free Tu Bishvat. But can we sing songs about nuts? The first Tu Bishvat song I ever learned was ‘Hashkaidiyah Porachat’ (The Almond Tree is Blooming) and I made hand motions and pretended to be an almond tree. Maybe all the kids who want to sing the almond song should be allowed to do so in the school office.
Though I understand that there are growing fruit allergies present in children as well. Now we’re going to have to celebrate Tu Bishvat without fruit and nuts. Um, gee, I think the only politically correct way to celebrate the birthday of the trees is with cake (nutfree of course).
Oh well, it’s tough being a Jew.