"Here at the Israel Philharmonic, music is in our nature, and performing, especially outdoors, helps connect us to the natural world."
Planting those trees – years before the State of Israel was declared – demanded boundless belief and optimism.
The goal, he told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, is to “do really particular storytelling in order to create a connection between a person and a tree.”
This week the Jewish calendar marks the New Year for trees, Tu Bishvat. Beginning with the Mishna in Rosh Hashanah, the occasion has been turned by many communities into a fruit festival.
Tu Bishvat became a day for planting trees, and in 1908, Jewish National Fund and the educational system officially adopted this practice.
Planting a tree in the Land of Israel has great meaning and creates a profound connection between the person planting the tree and the land.
A census of Jerusalem trees undertaken seven years ago by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel reported that some 4,900 trees in the city that are at least a half-century old.
It is believed that sooner or later the number of MKs will grow from 120 to at least 140.
Trees play an important role throughout the Bible, beginning with the Garden of Eden and its tree of life and tree of knowledge of good and bad (Genesis 2:9).
Heatwaves and dry-lightning coincided with drier conditions that climate scientists blame on global warming.