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January 31, 2018

15 Shevat

15 Shevat

The New Year for Trees


The 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—celebrated this year on Wednesday, January 31, 2018—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 . . .

The mystical teachings of the Torah offer profound insights on the deeper nature of the 15th of Shevat
15 Shevat for Kids
15 Shevat stories -- both audio and text -- coloring pages, and all about trees, fruit and the 15th of Shevat