Fruit of life

Celebrating the New Year for Trees

By ARIEL DOMINIQUE HENDELMAN
February 10, 2017 16:11
Tu Bishvat

Children mark ‘the reawakening of the vitality of the land from its winter slumber’ on a recent Tu Bishvat. (photo credit: JOE MALCOLM)

 
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As Jews, we don’t have to make resolutions once a year on December 31, as according to the Kabbala we have four distinct dates for new years, each with its own significance and ways of celebrating: Rosh Hashana, Passover, Shavuot and Tu Bishvat.

The main themes of Tu Bishvat, the new year for trees, are the reawakening of the vitality of the land from its winter slumber, thanking God for the fruit of the trees, and making blessings on the seven species of the Land of Israel, as well as any fruits that one has not yet eaten this season, enabling the recital of the sheheheyanu blessing.

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