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The Tabernacle Times
January 2016                              Tevet - Shevat 5776                         Volume 11 Issue 1

Tu Bi’Shevat

Rabbi & Brenda
by Rabbi Jeremy
& Brenda Storch







  The Tu Bi’Shevat holiday (January 25h this year) is the time when we reaffirm the strong tie between the people of Israel and the Land of Israel. The love of the Land and of the mitzvot (commandments) concerning it is the main theme of the day. It is a celebration of cultivating the land and appreciating nature’s floral gifts and love of trees, whose deep roots symbolize the roots of the people deep in the soil of the Land.

The holiday originated in the Land of Israel, and most of the customs associated with it developed there as well. When the Jews were exiled, they took the Tu Bi’Shevat celebration along with them - a bit of Eretz Yisrael; its fruit and trees accompanying them on their wanderings.

Each year on this day, the fruit of the Land of Israel found its way to the tables of Jewish households all over the world; raisins and almonds, nuts and dates, figs and prunes. Every dark corner of the diaspora was thus treated to a ray of light from the skies of the Land of Israel. The sweetness of the fruit eased the bitterness of life in the diaspora and reminded the Jews that the Land of Israel was waiting for its children to return.

  An important practice on Tu Bi’Shevat is the planting of trees in the Land of Israel, and the custom was renewed with the return of the Jews to the Land.

Tu Bi’Sheva
Photo by: Angela Brown of ancient olive trees in Hebron

In the generation of the Return to Zion, the holiday took on a new dimension and became a day of planting as well, as it is written in the Torah: "And when you come to the Land, plant all manner of fruit trees…" (Leviticus 19:23). Just as when the people of Israel were preparing to enter the Land after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. This is a commandment which is meant to strengthen the tie between the people and their Land. After the people of Israel settled in the land of their inheritance, they began tilling the soil. The importance of trees in many aspects of everyday life became even more apparent.

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