LOS ANGELES — While my neighbors were putting their Christmas trees to the curb, in what seems like a ritual of replacement, I was preparing to plant for Tu b’Shvat.
My friend Freda recently presented me a cutting from an Angel’s trumpet — a small tree with beautiful, large, pendulous white flowers that grows in her yard — and to observe the New Year of the Trees on Jan. 16, I wanted to get it in the ground.
Looking around the garage for a shovel, I wondered if there were a Jewish ceremony for planting a tree.
A Tu b’Shvat seder introduces philosophical concepts into the holiday. But could I skip the four cups of wine — you start with white and gradually add more red to each cup — and just do something shorter and, well, more down to earth to help observe what some have called Jewish Arbor Day?