Hello friends, שלום חברים
I am a 6th grader at the Ramaz Middle School in New York City and I will be celebrating my Bat Mitzvah in Israel on February 14, at Neot Kedumim Park (www.neot-kedumim.org.il), the Biblical nature reserve between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
I was born on Tu B'Shvat which is the New Year of the trees. Sharing my birthday with the trees has always been very special to me. The Torah teaches that "man is a tree of the field" (Deuteronomy 20:19). Why are we compared to trees? Like a tree, we are anchored and nourished by deep roots, which is our faith in HaShem as Jews. A tree reaches upwards, towards heaven and produces fruit that benefits the world. Our fruit are our mitzvot and our good deeds which also benefit all of mankind.
On Tu B'Shvat we focus on our bond with Eretz Yisrael and its plant life. It pains me that the people of Gaza have been burning down acres of forest land in Israel. My Bat Mitzvah chesed project is dedicated to planting trees to help rebuild what has been destroyed.
And, in the spirit of Dr. Seuss "I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. And I'm asking you sir, at the top of my lungs - that thing! That horrible thing that I see! What's that thing you have made out of my truffula tree?”
Thank you for your help and support with my chesed project.
Tizku l’Mitzvot תזכו למצוות