Tu B’Shvat

Tu B’Shavat- A New Year for Trees



Tu B’Shevat is celebrated on the 15th day of Shevat and depicts the Jewish connection to nature. lt is the New Year or Rosh Hashanah for trees. Tu B’Shevat usually falls in January or February.

Despite the fact that it is often cold in numerous parts of the world, including parts of Israel, this period of the year generally marks the beginning of spring on the Jewish calendar as the first blooms of the season appear in Israel.

A tradition that was started by the Kabbalists in the 161th century is a Tu B’Shevat Seder. The Seder is modeled on the Passover Seder but with a few twists. With the approach of spring in Israel, buds turn into flowers dramatically transforming the landscape from wintery white to glorious red . To represent the change from winter to spring, it is customary at the Seder to drink a mixture of red and white wine . In addition, Seder participants enjoy eating traditional Israeli fruits- pomegranates, olives, figs, dates, carob, almonds and grapes.

A special custom at Tu B’Shevat is the planting of trees in Israel and locally. This tradition demonstrates the revival of agriculture in the Jewish state and the importance of preserving and protecting our environment.