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Tu B’Shevat – A Birthday for Trees!
|Tu B’Shevat is a minor festival, agricultural in nature, which celebrates the birthday of trees. It is one of the few feasts or festivals where nobody tried to kill the Jewish people – but we still eat! Originally called Chamish Asar Bi’Shevat which means in Hebrew “The fifteenth day of Shevat; it has been changed to use the phonetic sound tu representing the letters tet and vav whose combined numerical value is fifteen. It would be like calling the Fourth of July - IV July (IV being 4 in Roman numerals).
Tu B’Shevat is the beginning of a new cycle for the tithe on fruit trees, a new year. Judaism has four new years, much like America. In America, there is January 1st for the calendar year, September 1st for the school year, and many businesses have there own fiscal years. Basically, it is the same idea in Judaism: Nissan 1 (March-April) is the new year for the purpose of counting the months on the calendar,
|Elul 1 (in August) is the new year for the tithing of animals, Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah) is the new year for years (when we increase the year number). Tu B’Shevat or Shevat 15 (in February) is the new year for trees.
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