Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tu B'Shevat

Tu B'Shevat
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Since the holiday ended at sundown, I am a late. At any rate as we got 5 to 6 inches of snow accumulation (we were forecasted to get a dusting to 1 inch the last I heard) it was Tu B'Shevat. (& my birthday - thanks for the well wishes.) Which technically is the 15th day of the Hebrew Month of Shevat also known as the Jewish Arbor Day.
There are few customs or observances related to this holiday. One custom is to eat a new fruit on this day, or to eat from the Seven Species (shivat haminim) described in the Bible as being abundant in the land of Israel. The Shivat Haminim are: wheat, barley, grapes (vines), figs, pomegranates, olives and dates (honey) (Deut. 8:8). Planting trees or collecting money to plant a tree is also a Tu B'Shevat custom. In the coming years, Jacob will plant parsley seeds on Tu B' Shevat so that we can harvest it for our Passover Seder. This year, we went to a Tu B'Shevat party at our synagogue & read the Tu B'Shevat book that you can see in the picture.


Pat said...

Thank you for explaining this holiday. I am only familiar with some of the other Jewish holidays but had no idea about this one.

Rhonda said...

As Pat mentioned, I was not familiar with this Jewish holiday. It was wonderful of you to share with us.
Take care.

hetty said...

Thank you for sharing this Jewish holiday. I, too, had not heard of it before.

dee said...

Thanks for the wonderful description of this holiday. I really enjoy hearing about these things.
Glad you had a good birthday too.