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The Tabernacle Times
February 2020 ......................... Shevat - Adar 5780 ......................... Volume 15 Issue 2

Tu Bi’Shevat
Celebrating the Land of Israel

Rabbi & Brenda
by Rabbi Jeremy
& Brenda Storch








The Tu Bi’Shevat holiday (February 9-10th 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 Yisraelits 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.

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