Mary Pols’ article about uses for now-abandoned Christmas trees reminds me of a noticeable difference between Christianity and Judaism, one that may be unknown to Christians. Christmas is observed with the cutting down of millions of trees for a few days’ decoration. Judaism celebrates a holiday called Tu B’shevat, the New Year of Trees, which is marked by the planting of trees.

The month of Shevat comes during our winter, which is of course a bit colder than the temperatures Israel will be experiencing in February. Talk about sustainability.

Christine Fleuriel