You Tu Can Learn About Tu B’Shevat! By Swizzle Editor Eden Torbatian

 

I think that we can all agree that winter is normally a very drab time of year. There is hardly any sunlight, cold weather, and most importantly, the trees are completely bare!

But I think that one thing that many of us fail to realize is that trees have their own birthdays too! And the celebration of this birthday is called Tu B’Shevat!

Tu B’Shevat starts on Monday, January 25, 2016 (or “The 15th of Shevat” if you are awesome and follow the Jewish calendar) and is known as the beginning of the New Year of Trees. According to uscj.org, it is the day when the sap in the trees begins to rise, signalling the earth’s awakening from its winter slumber, and heralding the beginning of Spring. This mini-holiday is of major importance to our appreciation of Nature and our relationship to it.

 

Fruit lovers rejoice!! In order to celebrate this amazing holiday, we mark each day by eating fruit, more so from the “Seven Kinds” that are ruled out from the Torah to be praiseful of the Holy Land and its commemoration. These fruits are things like: grapes, figs, pomegranates, and dates. If you are not into the fruit, the Torah’s got you covered! You can have barley, wheat, and olives to celebrate.

 

If you want to read up on Tu B’Shevat, you can check the Chumash in Parashat Yitro on the 2nd Portion. Also, if you would like to know more on Tu B’Shevat or just on the 15th of Shevat, check out the link below! It can help you find a Q&A section and even recipes to use on Tu B’Shevat!

 

http://www.uscj.org/JewishLivingandLearning/ShabbatandHolidayInformation/Holidays/JewishHolidays/TuB_Shvat/default.aspx

 

So go outside, hug a tree, and enjoy some figs!

Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy life.

Talk to y’all soon!

 

Eden Torbatian

SWIZZLE Editor.