Spring

Gazelle valley in spring time

Gazelle valley in spring time

The gazelle valley is a natural paradise in the center of Jerusalem. I went there for a picnic with my family, and I noticed the tree full of blooming flowers announcing the coming of spring.

Posted by Eitan Schild

Bless the trees!

Every year, I think I’m going to fulfill the very simple mitzvah of saying the “Birkat HaIlanot,” the blessing said on flowering trees that do not yet bear fruit. It’s just a simple matter of walking to one of the houses in the community that has identified its trees correctly and has posted instructions and the blessing for the ease of passersby. Not a big deal, right?

But this mitzvah is done only in Nisan… and three guesses what I and all my fellow Jewish homemakers are up to our eyeballs doing. Invariably, the month passes, and I simply didn’t get around to it.

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Posted by Ruti Eastman in Snippets
Spring in the alleys

Spring in the alleys

I was walking with my children through the streets of our neighborhood, and the sunlight danced on tiny, bright leaves.

“Look,” I said. “Can you see the baby leaves? They tell us that it’s spring.”

The words were familiar: I can still remember the way my Dodah (aunt) Nadia said them, in a sunlit morning decades ago. “Spring,” I repeated that day, and then leaned way back and looked up up up. The trees towered far above me, somewhere in the region of the sky.

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Posted by Rachel Sharansky Danziger in Snippets