Above: “Lo Alecha” papercut by Aaron Hodge Greenberg, used with permission.
Simultaneous to our cycle through the Torah is our journey through the year-cycle and its holidays. In a day, we will celebrate Tu Bishvat and the miraculousness of the tree-world that delights and sustains us. This experience, as well, is shaded by the historical moment in which we are living. Our relationship to the natural world and our obligation to its resources are called into question by the rise of a man who understands little of climate science. Trump’s first weeks in office have evidenced his willingness to move forward projects that will threaten the planet by removing tar sands oil and threaten the water of indigenous people by seeking to reverse the policy decisions of the Army Corps of Engineers. So, when the time comes for us to sit in our Tu Bishvat seders and connect our spiritual and environmental sensibilities- we might find ourselves reaching for the bottle beyond the fourth glass of wine.