When you come to the land and you plant any tree, you shall treat its fruit as forbidden; for three years it will be forbidden and not eaten. In the fourth year, all of its fruit shall be sanctified to praise the L-RD. In the fifth year, you may eat its fruit. -Leviticus 19:23-25
There are four new years... the first of Shevat is the new year for trees according to the ruling of Beit Shammai; Beit Hillel, however, places it on the fifteenth of that month. -Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 1:1
Tu B'Shevat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, is a holiday also known as the New Year for Trees. The word "Tu" is not really a word; it is the number 15 in Hebrew, as if you were to call the Fourth of July "Iv July" (IV being 4 in Roman numerals). See Hebrew Alphabet for more information about using letters as numbers and why the number 15 is written this way.As with many Jewish Holidays, there's a very strong connection to agriculture. The Jewish People/Land was an agrarian society in the Time of the Bible. Many of the 613 Mitzvot are connected to farming and can only be observed in the Land of Israel, Eretz Yisrael ארץ ישראל .
Shiv'at HaMinim שבעת המינים.
Tu B’Shvat appears in the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 2a) as one of the four “new years” in the Jewish calendar:It's also getting more and more popular to attend/conduct a TU b'Shvat Seder, a ceremonial meal consisting of fruit and wine native to the Land of Israel. Unlike the Passover Seder, there isn't one traditional ceremony and text on which people base their Seder. Aish.com has a TU b'Shvat Seder you can try out and edit to your needs and preferences.
“Beit Hillel says that the ‘new year for the trees’ is the 15th of Shevat – Tu B’Shvat.”
The custom on Tu B’Shvat is to eat fruits from the seven species for which the Land of Israel is praised: "...a land of wheat, barley, [grape] vines, fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and [date] honey" (Deut. 8:8).
Next month's Rosh Chodesh, Beginning of the Jewish Month will be Adar Alef, Friday January 31.
ראש חודש אדר א' בתל שילה
יום ו' 31-1 ל' שבט תשע"ד 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות
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