In the ancient world we needed to know how old are the trees and the vegetation. That way we would know when we’re allowed to harvest from nature for eating and sacrifices, and when we need to leave things alone. In our modern world, we continue to celebrate this holiday and its perspective on knowing when we can take from nature, when we can share from nature, and when we need to take a step back and not intrude. We plant trees and we garden on Tu B’Shvat, and in some communities there is a Tu B’Shvat Seder (festive meal) that includes eating from the 7 species of Israel while mixing white and red wines to create the colours of the earth.
Please feel free to click the link below for great insights into Tu B’Shevat as well as fun, meaningful ways you and your family can celebrate.
Dr. Rachael Turkienicz’s video on What is Tu B’Shevat?
Dr. Rachael Turkienicz’s video on Tu B’Shevat: Not the Jewish Arbor Day
Dr. Rachael Turkienicz’s video on The 7 Species of Tu B’Shevat
Dr. Rachael Turkienicz’s video on A Little Insight on Tu B’Shevat for Rosh Chodesh Shevat
How to Celebrate Tu B’Shevat in the dead of winter
9 Ways to Celebrate Tu B’Shevat with kids
Tu B’Shevat – new year for the trees
9 symbolic ways to celebrate Tu B’Shevat
Tu B’Shevat coloring pages
Tu B’shevat crossword puzzle
Tu B’shevat word search