warmed the Jerusalem, Israel, streets this week.
Birds stopped to rest on their migrations.
The almond blossoms did indeed burst out,
and roses opened.
Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, was the spot for school outings.
People could be found in the sunshine,
and bowing down.
It was perfect weather for a photo walk
to find the traditional mixed with new.
All perfect for Tu Bishevat,
the 15th day of Hebrew month of Shevat,
the Jewish New Year for agriculture,
the birthday of trees.
At Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s residence,
the holiday fruit baskets overflowed,
with special Israeli treats.
A seder hosted by President and First Lady Rivlin
was set for students and farmers to celebrate.
Early arrivals had time for a selfie.
No, Stevie Wonder did not drop by to entertain,
but there were Hebrew songs by Israeli singers.
This photo was taken last month while waiting for
John Baird to arrive on his official visit.
US Senators led by John McCain were to come in the afternoon.
US flags were ready and we, well, just had fun doing this.
Even Shimon Peres was back at Beit Hanasi,
not for a Tu Bishevat seder,
but his likeness is now on display in the gardens
along with the other former Israeli presidents.
At least one of the men in this small old cemetery in town
did not want his photo taken,
and it was sushi week at cafe in Mamilla Mall.
So while we were watching the snow scenes in US,
all this and more
was happening on the Jerusalem, Israel, streets.
Hope you enjoyed Tu BiShevat too.