What is Tu B’Shevat?
As we start off 2022 the first Jewish holiday is Tu B’Shevat. The holiday begins at sundown on Sunday January 16th and ends the evening of Monday January 17th. This holiday is sometimes called the “New Year of the Trees” and could be considered the Jewish Arbor Day.
Tu B’Shevat reminds us of our connection to the earth. Trees are strong and provide shelter and food.
There are several ways to celebrate the trees by:
1. Visit a local farm and pick fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Start your own garden by planning trees, seeds or create an herb garden.
3. Decorate a tree with a birdhouse and give home to our feathered friends.
4. There are seven significant species of the land of Israel. Consider eating: wheat, grapes, barley, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates.
5. Take care of the land by organizing a park clean-up.
6. Create a craft with reclaimed wood.
7. Work on your family tree and research your ancestry.
8. Work on recycling efforts. Create bins for paper, glass and tin.
9. Cook a Seder for Tu B’Shevat. If you choose to do the Seder you can use the seven significant species listed in item #4 as part of the meal.
Celebrating Tu B’Shevat reminds us of our connection to the earth. We gather shelter and sustenance from the trees. Let’s take this opportunity to give thanks and be grateful for nature and the New Year of the Trees!