Our Dead Palm Tree

Our Dead Palm Tree

When I came to see our new house for the first time 3 years ago, the first thing I noticed about it was the huge palm tree in the front yard. After we moved in, I loved how our beautiful tree filled the bedroom window with green. On sunny days we enjoyed its shade. And on Succot, we didn’t need to buy schach to cover our Succah, my husband just sawed down a bunch of its green branches. Our palm tree even sprouted its own lulav every year. How cool was that!

A healthy palm tree, like we used to have

But this year, before Succot, my husband noticed something strange. There was no new lulav. Our neighbor, a gardener, confirmed my husband’s fears–no lulav meant the tree was dying.

And over the last few months, we’ve seen our dear tree go from vibrant green to dead and brown…

Our dead palm tree, today

This is a pile of all the dead branches that have fallen off of our palm tree

Our tree’s death, and specifically it’s missing lulav, reminded me of the spark of holiness, the connection with Hashem, in every Jew. In me and you.

And how important it is to guard that spark. To keep that flame alive. So that we are truly alive.


  1. It happened to us as well. The gardener said that in the past few years a virus has been taking many palm trees all over Israel. Maybe you can plant a new tree on tu bshvat?!

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