“In the land of my love, the almond tree is blooming”
These days, trees with white flowers indeed dot the slopes of the Judean hills and the valleys surrounding Jerusalem. So, a few days before Tu Bi-Shvat, one’s reminded that the worst is supposed to be behind us and that spring is approaching.
The worst? Admittedly, I’m no big fan of the winter — not even in its Israeli watered-down version — but not even I would say that it’s been particularly bad this year. In fact, we haven’t received even a fraction of the rain that we would have needed. It’s going to be a long and very dry summer.
In that perspective, Lea Goldberg’s song isn’t the only one that springs to mind. It would be just as suitable to quote Caesar’s Palace:
“It was over ‘fore it started”
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