Tu B’Shvat

Tu B’Shvat higiyah – Tu B’Shvat is here!

Tu B’Shvat is the New Year of the trees.  

This year, it happens on January 27-28 (15th of Shvat).  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.

Enjoy!

To learn more about Tu B’Shvat and Rachael’s reflections on the day, check out this video.

Photo Credits: Alyssa Branitsky and Dr. Rachael Turkienicz