Tu B'Shevat                             


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Tu B’Shevat is a minor holiday which means the “New Year of the Trees”.  It is not mentioned in the Torah, but it is one of the four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishnah. Technically, it is the new year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing. Each tree is considered to have aged one year as of Tu B’Shevat. Customs include planting trees and conducting a seder in which we eat dried fruits and nuts, especially figs, dates, raisins, carob, and almonds. In Israel, the flowering of the almond tree, which grows wild around the country, coincides with Tu B’Shevat. 

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