Tu BiShvat

Starts 5 בפברואר 2023

Tu Bishvat is known as the "New Year for Trees." It is celebrated on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat and is a time for reflecting on the environment, nature, and the cycle of life. If you would like a more mystical approach, Tu BiShvat has a deeper kabbalistic meaning which you can express with a ritual dinner that includes a variety of fruits.

Why celebrate Tu BiShvat?

The holiday of Tu Bishvat has both religious and ecological significance.

Tu BiShvat is called "Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot", literally "New Year of the Trees". It marks the start of the agricultural cycle in the Land of Israel and symbolizing the idea of renewal and growth.

It is a time to reflect on the environment and nature, and to celebrate the bounty of the natural world.

The holiday is also seen as a way to connect with the land and the Creator, as the fruit of the trees grown in the Land of Israel are used in many religious ceremonies and rituals. Additionally, Tu Bishvat has taken on ecological significance, serving as a reminder to care for the environment and promote sustainability.

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How to celebrate Tu BiShvat?

There are several customs related to the celebration of Tu BiShvat. 

Eating fruits: There is a tradition to eat different fruits and nuts, which are associated with the holiday, and prepare special meals made from these ingredients. In particular, you can focus on the 7 species of Israel. 

Planting trees: In modern land of Israel people there is a custom to plant trees in their communities, either as individuals or as part of organized events.

Studying and learning: Tu Bishvat is also a time for studying and reflecting on the wonders of creation, nature, and the cycle of life. There is a deep mystical kabalistic significance to the holiday of Tu BiShvat. You may attend classes or lectures on related topics, or engage in discussions with friends and family. 

Holding special prayers and ceremonies: Jewish communities hold special prayers in synagogues to mark the holiday and connect with the spiritual significance of Tu Bishvat. 

Participating in environmental initiatives: In recent years individuals and communities began to participate in environmental initiatives such as cleaning up parks and beaches, or volunteering for environmental organizations.