The opening of Genesis outlines God’s intimate involvement with the natural world and describes the Almighty proudly looking upon His handiwork and declaring, “v’hine tov meod” - “and behold, it was very good.” Man is created and is immediately charged with caring for creation, as an “oved,” a worker who builds and crafts, as well as a “shomer,” a watchman who is obligated to keep the world whole for its true Owner. Tonight is the wonderful festival of Tu B'Shvat, the New Year for the Trees, when we renew our biblical commitment to guard and protect His beautiful world. Celebrate this environmental holiday by planting a tree in the Land of Israel!
Over the centuries, many have sought to explain the special significance of the ‘Seven Species,’ known as the שבעת המינים in Hebrew (shee-VAT ha-mee-NEEM). Each one contains healthful nutrients that benefit the body and promote wellness. Shivat Natural Cosmetics combine all-natural ingredients and extracts of the Seven Species to bring you skin-supportive cleansing soaps and beauty products that bring you closer not only to nature, but also to the Holy Land. The fig is a symbol of longevity and vitality. Legendary for its medicinal effects, the fig is rich in vitamins that can alleviate skin dryness and acne. It is also rich in antioxidants that fight the damaging effects of environmental pollutants.