Sunday, February 12, 2006

Too Bishvat?

Now, technically, there's nothing really special, so to speak, about the 15th of Shevat. Technically speaking, all the New Year of the Trees is, is a system similar to the 'Financial Year' (or whatever you call it) that starts with Tax Day. It's a legal definition of time. It's not meant to be spiritual, mystical, or hippyriffic. Of course, that doesn't mean that we can't make it spiritual, mystical, or hippyriffic.

When I found out that suede is made of baby animals last year, and switched from wearing suede yarmulkas to srugi (knit) ones, I decided to wear a simple black one in general, but get a thematicly-colored one for different holidays. So for the last two weeks, since Rosh Hhodesh Shevat — Rosh Hashana La’ilanot according to Beit Shamai — I've been wearing my Tu Bishvat yarmulka, full of green plantiness.

כי האדם עץ השדה؟؟
Humanity is not a tree of the field.

"But the kelvar can flee or defend themselves,
whereas the olvar that grow cannot."

Silmarillion, JRR Tolkien

Anyone seen any hharuv lately?

Maybe one of the local kosher
supermarkets'll have some tomorrow.

Until then, here's a picture of me
harvesting some in The Land:

Oh, and it's snowing like a beast here in NYC.

Torah is a Tree of Life. Hug it!

(and save some non-metaphorical trees while you're at it)


Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

If today is the day when the trees are taxed, why do we hug them?

2/13/2006 8:50 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

To make them feel better, of course!

2/13/2006 8:50 AM  
Blogger Lipman said...

We should stop saying tachnun on the eighth day of tekufes tishre, hug Americans, wear different headgear (maybe something torn).

It's not meant to be spiritual, mystical, or hippyriffic. Of course, that doesn't mean that we can't make it spiritual, mystical, or hippyriffic. In fact, the American tax system is mystical to many, though hippies haven't much to do with it.

2/13/2006 11:42 AM  
Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

"Eighth day of tekufes tishre"?

September 28th, or October 15th?


2/13/2006 12:41 PM  
Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

Are you sure you don't mean tekufes nisen?

2/13/2006 4:05 PM  
Anonymous FISH! said...

Snowing like a beast?

Ha! The plan was that I'd be in New York this week at toyfair, along with two dozen other people from the company. Instead, I am enjoying balmy, mellow, almost subtropical Bay Area weather, with velvety breezes lifting the delicate hairs on my shirtsleeve uprolled arms. And they are freezing their collective achterend off!

2/13/2006 5:41 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


sorry you missed out ;-)

2/13/2006 6:50 PM  
Blogger Lipman said...

I thought about October 1, the beginning of the fiscal year in the U.S.

2/14/2006 5:41 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

fiscal year! that's the word! thanks!

2/14/2006 9:55 AM  
Blogger thanbo said...

Whose fiscal year? Organizations can declare any date to be the beginning of their fiscal year; many pick July 1.

2/15/2006 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Rachel "The Yellow Hobbit" Adler said...

Kippot srugah are far superior to suede kippot beyond the not killing baby animals thing. Wearing them keeps hobbits employed! [or at least not begging on the street for deli-roll.]

2/21/2006 6:05 PM  

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