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Tu B'Shevat  


Angel Oak, Johns Island, SC

Tu B’Shevat celebrates the New Year of the Trees and happens this year on January 16-17, 2022.  Tu B’Shevat is one of four new years mentioned in the Mishnah. This holiday encourages us to consider our religious and ethical responsibility to the environment.

Families can observe Tu B’Shevat together by planting trees, or hosting a Tu B’Shevat seder at home. A Tu B’Shevat seder includes tasting lots of foods that are grown on trees in Israel. In that way, the holiday helps us get in touch with nature and connect to the land of Israel.

Tu B’Shevat also has a spiritual element with roots in 16th century Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). The foods served are traditionally divided into categories including at least five foods with an inedible shell, at least five fruits with an inedible seed, and five fruits that are completely edible. Each reflects a different side of our soul, those elements that are tough, sweet, hard, and/or easy.  

Interested in celebrating Tu B'Shevat?  Check out these resources: 

https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/tu-bishvat 
https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/tu-bishvat-2021/  

https://pjlibrary.org/tubshevat
https://jewishfoodexperience.com/seven-species-brunch-tu-bshevat/

Resources for Hosting Tu B'Shevat Seder with Children:

https://pjlibrary.org/beyond-books/pjblog/january-2019/a-tu-bshevat-seder-for-kids 
https://pjlibrary.org/PJLibrary/media/PJ-Library/blog/2010-Rekindle-Shabbat-Tu-BShevat.pdf

Thu, January 20 2022 18 Sh'vat 5782