Tonight is Tu B'Shevat, the Fifteenth Day of the Jewish month of Shevat, the day which marks the New Year for the trees. In our area in Northern Israel the holiday sometimes cooincides with the blooming of almond trees, where in other warmer parts of the country the trees have outwardly begun their process of renewal.
This year on Tu B'Shevat as we read and hear about our friends and family on the East Coast who are snowed in, we are presently on a snow watch! (Not exactly what you would imagine for Israel, I know but we actually live 3,000 ft above sea level with no desert or camels in sight.) It is currently hailing outside and temperature is around 2 C in my protected courtyard, which I guess means closer to zero (32 degrees F) elsewhere. Needless to say the kids are praying for snow, lots of it! And honestly, there is nothing I'd love more. Even the slightest bit of snow or ice will be a reason for the city to issue a snow day, so there might as well be real snow for the kids to have fun in!
Now a few words about Tu B'Shevat at our house and the Tu B'Shevat Seder: