From Rabbi's Shtender - Tu B'Shvat - Sunday & Monday, February 5th - 6th
Tu B' Shvat, also known as the "New Year of the Trees," is a Jewish holiday that falls on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is a day that celebrates the growth and renewal of nature and is recognized as a minor holiday in contemporary Judaism.
The origins of Tu B' Shvat can be traced back to the Talmud, where it was considered a minor holiday for the purpose of determining the age of fruit trees for agricultural purposes. Over time, the holiday evolved into a celebration of nature and the environment, with special emphasis on the importance of trees in the ecosystem.
One of the main customs associated with Tu B' Shvat is the tradition of eating a variety of fruits, particularly those that are native to the land of Israel, such as pomegranates, figs, dates, and olives. This practice serves as a reminder of the connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel, and the importance of taking care of the environment.
Another popular custom is the planting of trees. Many Jewish communities participate in tree-planting ceremonies on Tu B' Shvat, symbolizing the growth and renewal of nature. Some families also have the tradition of planting a tree in honor of a deceased loved one, further emphasizing the connection between the Jewish people, the land of Israel, and the environment.
In recent years, Tu Tu B' Shvat has become a popular holiday for environmental activism, with Jewish organizations and communities around the world hosting events and initiatives aimed at raising awareness about environmental issues. This includes everything from tree-planting ceremonies and educational programs, to fundraising initiatives for environmental organizations and campaigns.
This year Religious School will celebrate with a Tu B' Shvat Seder on Sunday February 5th, and with planting parsley to prepare for Passover.
Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel