Enjoy reading this Tu BiShvat story with your children, then download the printable version for them to create their own story booklet. Use the spaces provided to let them make their own illustrations.
Jewish humor loves poking fun at God. Although often gentle, jokes about God attempt to break the tension around the very human desire for a perfect God – one who hears our wishes and responds by making them come true. Such a “fairy Godmother” God has been problematic throughout time (and throughout Jewish history) because more often than not, our wishes don’t come true – at least not in the way we hoped they would. As the Yiddish proverb reminds us, “Man plans. God laughs.”