Tu bi-Shvat

“Happy is the man who delights in the law of the Lord. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields fruit in its season and whose leaf does not wither”. ( Psalms 1: 1-3)
                                               Tu BiShvat, New Year of the Trees
Tu BiShvat literally means the fifteenth of the Hebrew month of Shevat, (corresponding this year to Monday, February 10th) with the Hebrew letters ט״ו being an acronym for fifteen. It is also called “Rosh haShana La-ilanot”, meaning the New Year of the Trees. Whatever you name it, it is a joyous holiday, celebrated in Israel and across the world with different customs such as tree plantings, a festive seder meal, and ecological awareness. It is a time to reflect on our spiritual connection to the land and to take action to improve our environment through planting trees. At Tu BiShvat seders, held with family and friends, we give thanks to our Creator for the bounty he has bestowed upon us, and we highlight the native fruits and foods we are blessed with. In Israel, despite the current cold weather, farmers are eagerly awaiting the beginning of the planting season, the trees are beginning to bloom, and all the Biblical laws pertaining to the trees and their fruits are determined.
Tu BiShvat Sameach