The symbol of this holiday

I’m confused. Just a short week after everyone was getting ready to hit the storm shelters, we experience a deliciously warm week, reminiscent of spring. So has spring arrived or hasn’t it? Weather patterns can be deceiving, but one unwavering hallmark that hints of spring in the air is the almond tree in bloom.

The close chronological proximity of Tu Bishvat to the early blossoming of Prunus dulcis, the domesticated almond tree, has made this the official symbol of the festival. And what better candidate than the almond, which was described in Genesis (43:11) as one of the choicest of fruits, so choice in fact that we are only beginning to discover all of its wonders.


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