Tu B'Shevat Approaches!

Image: A snowy landscape with bare-branched trees. (Ina Hoekstra / Pixabay)

Tu B’Shevat this year (2020/5780) will begin at sundown on February 9, and end at sundown on February 10.

Because our history goes so far back, many Jewish holidays evolve over time, but this one has changed a lot since its inception, when it was the beginning of a fiscal year for fruit farmers. To learn more about the holiday, check out Tu B’Shevat for Beginners.

It is sometimes called The New Year of the Trees, one of four days that mark a new year for the Jewish people. For more about the other new years, see Four New Years Every Year?!

In this era of worries about climate change, some of us are cultivating a new respect for the trees. Have you ever planted a tree? Saved a tree? Been saved by a tree? Please share your stories in the comments!

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi based in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, mom, poodle groomer, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at https://coffeeshoprabbi.com/ as the Coffee Shop Rabbi.

2 thoughts on “Tu B'Shevat Approaches!”

  1. Maybe we can do a mitzvah project for tu b’shevat?

    On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 1:26 AM Coffee Shop Rabbi wrote:

    > rabbiadar posted: ” Image: A snowy landscape with bare-branched trees. > (Ina Hoekstra / Pixabay) Tu B’Shevat this year (2020/5780) will begin at > sundown on February 9, and end at sundown on February 10. Because our > history goes so far back, many Jewish holidays evolve ” >

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  2. I have planted a tree and saved trees. As a child I spent a lot of time climbing and sitting in trees. And whenever I feel particularly down and despondent, I go outside on our porch or back deck. We live in the woods and are surrounded by trees, so I suppose I could say that on those “down” days the trees save me.

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