Thursday, January 20, 2011

Holiday: Tu B'Shvat

Today is Tu B'Shevat, sort of a Jewish Arbor Day, a New Years for Trees.

In the Hebrew calendar, Tu B'Shevat is the date for calculating the age of a fruit-bearing tree.

The Torah states that fruit from trees which were grown in the land of Israel may not be eaten during the first three years (called orlah); the fourth year's fruit is for God, and after that, the fruit can be eaten. Each tree is considered to have aged one year as of Tu B'Shevat, no matter when in the year it was planted.

The 15th day of the month of Shvat marks the beginning of the "new year" for trees. It is customary to plant trees and partake of the fruits of the land of Israel to mark the occasion.

Tu B'Shvat
Holiday Calendar

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