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Tu Bishvat



Tu Bishvat


Tu BishvatThe 15th day of the month of Shvat marks the beginning of the New Year for trees. It is when the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel, the Shkedia, nut trees, emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. The holiday Tu B'shvat, Rosh Hashanah lailanot, is not mentioned in the Torah and only mentioned much later in the Mishna. Tu B'shvat, is primarily an agricultural holiday, as evinced by its other name, New Year of Trees. In Israel we mark the day of Tu B‘Shevat by planting trees and eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. We have a special Tu B‘Shvat Seder and reflect on the lessons we can derive from our botanical analogue. The Tu B‘Shvat Seder is loosely based on the Pesach Seder. Four glasses of wine drunk during the Seder filled with wine or fruit juice in different color in each glass. Some of the Seders have a particular focus: ecology, Israel, and family activities. The varying texts for the Seder may include quotes from different secular literature as well as texts referring to trees in the Bible. Tu Bishvat is not a holy rest day as other religious holidays are and businesses are open as usual TREAT YOUR FAMILY AND FRIEND TO A SPECIAL TU BISHVAT SEDER. TO SEE OUR TU BISHVAT RECIPES PLEASE CLICK THE LINK.

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