Today is the birthday of the trees. Whoop-dee-do. If you didn’t get a chance to go to a seder last night there are still a few ways to celebrate those brown and green leafy things before the day’s over.
1.Â Â Â Read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Written by a Jew, and reminding us all about how much we owe to trees and the many things that grow from the ground that we use to make our lives better. Discuss how the relationship is not exactly sustainable. Feel guilty.
2.Â Â Â Eat some fruit salad. You can get it at almost any cafÃ©. You can make it at home. Eat it slowly to savor the love. You really don’t need a recipe for fruit salad, but here’s one if you need inspiration.
3.Â Â Â Plant a tree. You can plant one in Israel via JNF or you can plant one in the Atlantic Forest for only a buck at plantabillion.org. Other possibilities: plant a tree in a rainforest in Australia, Indonesia, or Sri Lanka.
Pronounced: SAY-der, Origin: Hebrew, literally “order”; usually used to describe the ceremonial meal and telling of the Passover story on the first two nights of Passover. (In Israel, Jews have a seder only on the first night of Passover.)