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February 11, 2017

15 Shevat

15 Shevat

The New Year for Trees

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The 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—celebrated this year on Saturday, February 11, 2017—is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

We mark the 15th of Shevat by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. On this day we remember that “man is a tree of the field” (Deuteronomy 20:19), and reflect on the lessons we can derive from our botanical analogue. Read more . . .

What is the 15th of Shevat? Why is it celebrated, and how is it observed?
Essays
The mystical teachings of the Torah offer profound insights on the deeper nature of the 15th of Shevat
The mystical teachings of the Torah offer profound insights on the deeper nature of the 15th of Shevat
"Man is a tree of the field." How many ways can this statement be interpreted?
What is the Jewish view on ecology and environmentalism?
A selection of classes on Tu B’Shevat that highlight its themes and expound upon its meaning
A selection of presentations on the 15th of Shevat, including talks of the Rebbe
15 Shevat for Kids
15 Shevat stories -- both audio and text -- coloring pages, and all about trees, fruit and the 15th of Shevat
15 Shevat stories -- both audio and text -- coloring pages, and all about trees, fruit and the 15th of Shevat
With 15 Shevat in mind, check out these great recipes that are not only delicious but healthy as well!