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Tu Bishvat - The New Year for Trees
"And you shall come to the Land, and you shall plant all kinds of edible trees..." Leviticus, 19:20
The Tu Bishvat tradition of planting trees was initiated by the writer, researcher and historian Zeev Yavetz, who arrived in the Land of Israel in 1887 andKKL became Principal of the Zichron Yaakov School. When the moshava was founded, educators in the Land of Israel felt a need to renew Jewish settlement in the country by planting trees. In 1892, on Tu BiShvat (the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat), Yavetz went out to plant trees in Zichron Yaakov with his pupils, and a new tradition was born: on this day of the year Israeli children go out to plant trees. The Teachers Union and KKL-JNF formalized the custom in 1908, and provided it with an extra educational dimension. In this way children were given the opportunity to play an active role in the development of the Land of Israel and the care of its landscape.

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