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Tu b'Shvat

Discussion in 'Religion and Spirituality' started by Miamian, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Miamian

    Miamian Senior Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    Jerusalem, Israel
    It starts Sunday night. A friend e-mailed me the customs:


    Tu B'Shvat is on the Fifteenth of the Hebrew month of Shevat and is the "New Year for the Trees" or Rosh Hashana La-ilanot. In Israel everything is green and it is the start of spring.
    2. Many hundreds of years Tu B'Shvat has been celebrated throughout the world. Even when we had no homeland we still remembered and celebrated Tu B'Shvat. Although many could not plant trees because it was not spring during the fifteenth of Shevat where they lived, they ate the "fruit of the trees" and remembered. The fruits of the trees they ate were like those in Israel: dates, figs, olives, almonds, pomegranates, raisins, carob, wheat and barley. It was considered a mitzvah to eat these fruits during Tu B'Shvat and recite the blessings.
    3. Some follow the custom of eating 15 different fruits.
    4. An ancient custom in Israel when a baby was born, the parents planted a tree in its honor. The tree was planted on Tu B'Shvat following the child's birth. If the baby was a boy, a cedar was planted. If the baby was a girl, a cypress was planted. As the children grew so did the trees. When children got married the wood from the trees built their chupah (wedding canopy). As the wood from the two trees were joined in the chupah so were the bride and groom in their marriage.
    5. A modern tradition for people who live outside of Israel is to plant a tree in Israel by contributing to the Israel National Fund. They will plant a tree for you in Israel.
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  2. njfinfan

    njfinfan The First Lady

    Nov 23, 2007
    Newark, NJ
    Interesting - thanks for the info Mike.
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  3. Ohiophinphan

    Ohiophinphan Chaplain Staff Member Luxury Box

    Thanks Mike. May your own tree grow strong and safe!
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  4. cnc66

    cnc66 wiley veteran, bad spelur Luxury Box

    Nov 23, 2007
    awesome tradition Mike, thanks for sharing
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