Tomorrow Israel elects a new Prime Minister. But tonight… tonight Israel celebrates the New Year of Trees, or Tu B’Shvat (15 in the month of Shvat).
Because the Jewish calender is a lunisolar calendar, the 15 of each Jewish month is always a full moon night. Another Jewish holiday that is marked by the full moon is Tu B’Av, or 15 in the month of Av, which marks the Jewish version of Valentine’s.
Tu B’Shvat has its own traditions, such as reading a special book, similar to the Haggadah of Passover. We also eat lots of dried fruits during Tu B’Shvat… Which might make the polling lines somewhat agitated tomorrow.
So eat and drink my friends, and go tomorrow to consummate your democratic right to vote.