Tu B'shvat

New Year of the Trees

Shevat means “rod“, meaning that it’s a time of ‘judgment’, an allusion to Rosh hashanah . Tu Bishvat is called the Rosh Hashanah of the Fruit Trees. Nevertheless, the actual Judgment Day for trees seems to occur much earlier in the year, perhaps on Sukkot, or even on Rosh Hashanah itself.

New Year of the Trees

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Today, Israelis are celebrating a new year (Rosh Hashanah) — one of the four new years on the Hebrew calendar: Rosh Hashanah La’Ilanot — New Year for Trees.

It is more commonly known as Tu B’Shvat, which means the 15th of the calendar month, Shevat.

In Israel, the Jewish People dedicate this day to the reviving of the Land by planting trees — an idea close to YAH’s heart, for He Himself planted trees!

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