The almond trees are blossoming!
Right on time for their Tu BiShvat holiday.
That's the New Year for Trees that I posted about last Friday and Saturday.
It has become a custom in Israel for classes of schoolchildren to go out and plant baby trees in honor of the Birthday of the Trees.
In the week before this Tu BiShvat over 800,000 trees were planted!
The Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemet leYisrael) is the body that manages our beloved groves, woods, and forests.
Since 1901 the JNF has planted 240 million trees!
Please see my post about the JNF's gigantic Golden Book, dating back to 1901.
And their nice forest markers here.
The pushke in the above photo is the famous Keren Kayemet donation box which Jewish families here and in the Diaspora always had in their homes.
It was, and is, very special to help make the barren land green.
Growing up in Chicago I always dreamed about someday living in nature. Now it is true--I live on a little mountain surrounded by the forested Hills of Jerusalem.
Happy to say That's My World.