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Monday, January 23, 2017

Tu B'Shevat 5777

The holiday of Tu B'Shevat always comes two days before my Hebrew birthday.  (Remember that my Hebrew birthday is the one I prefer to acknowledge/celebrate now.)  "Tu B'Shevat" literally means the fifteenth of the month of Shevat; my Hebrew birthday is the seventeenth of the month of Shevat.

Because Tu B'Shevat is so close to my birthday, this year I really want to celebrate it.

Tu B'Shevat is a new year for trees.  Some people go all out and do a seder similar to what we do on Passover; to me, that is too much hassle and effort.  A simpler celebration involves eating at least two fruits that one has not eaten in at least a year.

For me, one of those fruits is obviously figs.  I love figs, and I rarely have them.  For the other fruit, well, I'll have to see what the store has.  Pomegranates tend to be a popular option; I myself particularly like starfruit, so we'll have to see.

Anyway.  Tu B'Shevat, here I come, on February 11th.  And then, my birthday, here I come, on February 13th.

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I am a bipolar, Jewish young adult (had my Hebrew birthday, the one I count, and turned 23 this past January) who also suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. I love life and I live for my best friends: they are my purpose and my reason for trying so hard. I remain passionately devoted to those I love; I will not let my disorders make me totally self-centered. I like to read, write, and sew. My Rabbinical school plans did not work out, and I am now hoping to go into the field of Early Childhood Education. Please note: I am currently maintaining only Carried in His Hands. Enjoy!