Christmas Trees in Israel...
Have you ever given money to the Jewish national Fund (JNF) to plant a tree in Israel?
I know I have, and why not, as the JNF puts it:
Planting a tree in Israel is the perfect way to show you care. For $18/ tree, you can plant trees for many different reasons and help green the land of Israel while sending a special gift to a friend or loved one.
Well, here is one of the lesser known reasons of the need for planting trees in Israel (Courtesy of IMRA):
To: Members of the Foreign Press
From: Orly Doron, Spokesperson - The Jewish National Fund
Re: Christmas Trees
As has become our custom, Jewish National Fund will be pleased to distribute Christmas trees that have been thinned out from its forests to its Christian friends and members of the Foreign Press.
The procedure of thinning out of the forests this time of year is part of the regular curriculum in the Jewish National Fund forests.
Trees can be picked up from our Givat Yeshayahu Nursery (near Beit Shemesh) on Tuesday Dec. 20,2005 between 08:00am - 15:00pm.
Kindly contact us in order to reserve your tree - please do so no later than Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005. In your reservation, kindly indicate at the same time the approximate height you would like the tree (between 1 to 6 meters).
Best wishes for a joyous holiday season to you and your families.
Before you decide to give the JNF $18 to plant another tree in Israel, you might want to clarify with them whether your tree is going to be used to help someone in Israel celebrate Christmas.