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Tu B'Shevat

The 15 of Shevat marks the beginning of the "New Year for Trees."

The Tree of Our Life
The New Year of Trees has profound relevance in our lives. Discover what’s so special with trees in light of the kabbalah.
For Man is a Tree
The Talmud compares man to a fruit tree; what is the inner connection between the two?
Tu Beshvat
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Tu Beshvat
This class explains the special significance of Tu B’shvat – the New Year for the trees.
Go Tell It to the Horses
Wheat and barley are from the 'seven kinds' that are specifically attributed to the holy land; discover their deeper dimension as related in our service of G-d.
Potential vs. Actual
An in-depth analysis of the Talmudic discussion between the Schools of Hillel and Shamai relating to when is the New Year for Trees.
The Four Jewish New Years
Tu B'Shevat
In addition to the regular Rosh Hashanah, the mishnah teaches that there are actually four different Rosh Hashanahs (New Years) on the Jewish calendar: the new year for kings, for festivals and for trees. (Based on Likkutei Sichos vol. 36.)
Tu B'Shevat and Olives
Why Olives Are the Ultimate Jewish Fruit
After tracing the origins and relevance of the New Year for Trees, Rabbi Kaplan explores the special significance of the bitter olive and its profound symbolism for us to persevere and flourish as Jews.
The Talmud on the New Year for Trees
The Mishnah enumerates four different New Year dates pertinent in Jewish law—one being the 15th of Shevat. Learn the Talmudic definition and legal relevance of these Rosh Hashanahs.
The Soul of the New Year for Trees
Discover soul stirring insights into the incredible energy and significance of this little understood day known as the New Year for Trees! Learn why we celebrate a special Rosh Hashanah for trees and its profound relevance to us today.
The 15th of Shevat Seder
The origin and meaning of this custom
Our proverbial New Year for Trees is celebrated by most Sephardic Jews (and more recently by many Israelis of Ashkenazi descent as well) with an elaborate fruit-centric sacred ceremony colloquially known as the “Tu B’Shevat Seder.” It’s comprised of carefully choreographed chanting of Scripture and Rabbinic texts, accompanied by an assortment of fruit and wine, which are consumed in an orderly fashion. But why invoke unique Passover verbiage for this fruitful observance? This fascinating presentation sheds light on some of the origins and profound meanings of this enigmatic Torah tradition.
Tu B'Shevat and Healing
Nutrition from Shamayim
Can the New Year for Trees be a time for reflecting on the mitzvah of taking care of our health? Learn more about the meaning of Tu B’Shevat, and some of the health and healing properties of the fruits mentioned in Deuteronomy 8:8: “A land of wheat, barley, grapes, figs and pomegranates; a land of oil-yielding olives and [date] honey.”
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