Tu B'Shvat, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat is the New Year for trees.
In Israel, many people celebrate Tu B'Shvat by planting trees and eating the fruits for
which the Torah praises the Land of Israel, called Shivas Haminim. [wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates]. It is customary to eat dried fruit that we have not eaten during the year, so we can say the Shehechiyanu blessing. In that blessing, we thank God for keeping us alive and healthy until this day. Usually with Tubishvat the almond tree in Israel blossoms, the first fruit tree in Israel to wake from its winter dormancy.
This year Tu b'shvat falls on January 30 and I made a freebiekit for this minor holiday and for all nature lovers :)
This kit has: one button, two flairs, with and without shadow, 4 crafted flowers, two of them shadowed, one wood frame, one fruit slice, grapes, journal tag, one realistic leaf, one crafted leaf, a nut, a pommegranate, a splat, a journaltag with ribbon, handpainted tree, shadowed doodle tree, two acrylic tubishvat words (english and hebrew), 5 wordarts and 16 papers. Fullsize, 300 DPI.
sample layout in my CSD gallery or at digishoptalk
It is customary to give good friends or family a small basket with dried fruits. I made a giftcard with the freebie kit above , which you can print out. Click the sample below to download the full size card, print and fold.
If you wish to donate something to Haiti
you can do so here (or your local Haiti relief fund), which will be funding the Israeli hospital at Haiti and make it possible to send another team next week .
Donations to United Jewish Appeal’s Hope for Haiti Disaster Relief Fund can be made through www.ujadonations.com/haiti or by calling 416-631-5705. All of the funds raised are being directed to IsraAID. IsraAID is a coordinating body of Israeli and Jewish NGOs in Israel that that has provided humanitarian aid worldwide.