4 Shvat, 5774
It's the new Jewish month of Shvat, a time when Jews around the world celebrate plant life.
I tidied up my garden, this past week. It had been damaged by the severe blizzard that hit Israel weeks ago.
But the uncomfortable cleanup was not a job I looked forward to. So much mess to clean up and sort out.
I did the work anyway, happily anticipating the results months - and even weeks - from now (Israeli roses go into bloom in December, and our winter rains seem to pour fertilizer into the soil for other plants, too!).
It's a good thing I ran out to the frozen-over garden to save what I could by bringing plants indoors during that storm. My garlic is showing its shoots, tomato plants are thriving and flowering plants have woken up from winter slumber.
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