Years ago in the ancient city of Safed, a group of Kabbalists uncovered the mystical secrets of Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish holiday commemorating trees which begins, this year, on Wednesday night, January 15.
At the end of the Seder, we planned to walk onto ground that Maxxam Corporation had shattered in this way, and to plant redwood seedlings as an act of protest. Nonviolent civil disobedience. And we did.
Tu B'Shvat is the Jewish New Year for trees. It is often marked with joyous tunes, tree planting ceremonies (in Israel), and the consumption of many fruit. So if Tu B'Shvat isn't a festival, why do we celebrate it and what is its function?