Hadassah Barbie, Tefillin Barbie's Bubbe, circa 1958
Please read the full article: Tu Bishvat in Candy Land at Kveller.com.
At Kveller, I shared my take on Edible Dirt for Tu B’Shevat, plus some ideas on how to use fruit-shaped candies.
Runts and Nitwitz are colorful, fake-fruit sugar bombs that my kids like to play with more than they like to eat. And they are quite fetching as proportionally-sized tree fruits for Playmobil and Barbie festivities.
Fruit Shakers are bigger (see the picture), and are actually gumballs filled with tiny, rattling, candy “seeds.” Of course, I plant these seeds in the Edible Dirt… But you’ll see all that in the article. This post is just an excuse Continue reading
Tu B'Shevat parsley for Pesach karpas
Tu B’Shevat is the New Year and/or Birthday of the Trees, but the classic Tu B’Shevat planting activity doesn’t really have much to do with trees. We plant parsley. All over America, little Jewish kids plant parsley seeds on Tu B’Shevat. Sounds like Sunday School in Chelm, right? But it does make sense. To germinate parsley seeds and use the plant two holidays later as the karpas on a Passover seder plate connects our earliest Spring holiday to our main Spring holiday, and it lets kids get their fingers dirty fostering green life from dormant seeds. Tu B’Shevat is the official start of the agricultural year, when tree sap (and all lifeforce by extension) begins to rise after winter rest.
Parsley, though, is not a tree. It’s easier, folks say, easier than Continue reading