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Tu B'shvat 2018

Tu B'shvat 2018

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Tu B'shvat Hike
Sunday, January 21
10:00am - 12:00pm

 Thompson Creek Trail, Claremont
(Meeting in parking lot across the road from
 La Puerta Sports Park, 2350 N Indian Hill Blvd)  

~Nature Hike
~Tu B'shvat Art Project
~Shehechiyanu Fruit Tasting Activity 
(please bring fresh, uncut fruit to share)

 rsvp info@chabadinlandempire.com

  

 

 

 

Tu B'shvat - The New Year for Trees

Tu B'Shvat, the 15th of Shvat on the Jewish calendar — celebrated this year on Wednesday, January 31, 2018-- is the day that marks the beginning of a "New Year for Trees." This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

Legally, the "New Year for Trees" relates to the various tithes that must be separated from produce grown in the Holy Land. These tithes differ from year to year in the seven-year Shemittah cycle; the point at which a budding fruit is considered to belong to the next year of the cycle is the
15th of Shvat.

We mark the day of Tu B'Shvat by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. On this day we remember that "Man is a tree of the field" (Deuteronomy 20:19) and reflect on the lessons we can derive from our botanical analogue.

 

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