Tu B’Shevat

5 years ago eglazer 0

Birthdays; it’s all about cake, presents, and celebrating. Birthdays are also a time to reflect about how we are, what we want to accomplish, and what we hope a new year will bring. Did you know that trees have birthday’s too? How awesome is that, right?! The birthday of the trees, known as Tu B’Shvat (the 15th of the Hebrew month of Sh’vat) falls out this year on January 25th. In honor of the holiday, here are some things you should know:

  1. You might be wondering, “Why do the trees have a birthday in the middle of winter?” This is because in Israel, the trees “awaken” from their sleep and begin to bloom and grow fruits on them. This is the beginning of a new cycle for the trees.

2. We mark the day of Tu B’Shevat by eating fruit. Many people have a custom of eating the fruits that are mentioned in the Torah such as pomegranates and dates. Yum!

3. Many people have a custom of having a Tu B’Shvat Seder on this day. It’s not like the Passover Seder at all! The custom is to eat at least fifteen different fruits during the seder. Don’t forget to make a blessing!

4. It’s important to eat a “shechiyanu” fruit on Tu B’Shvat. Wait, what?! A shechiyanu fruit is a fruit that you have never eaten or have not eaten in a long time. When you eat this fruit, you say the blessing of “shechiyanu.” Here’s the blessing: Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam She-heche-ya-nu Ve-ki-yi-ma-nu Ve-higi-a-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.

5. Have you ever tasted a carob before? Me neither, but now’s your chance! Eating carob on Tu B’Shvat is a special custom.

Tu B’Shvat is a festive and fun holiday. Whether you prefer an apple, pear, or a more exotic fruit like dragon fruit (yes, it’s a real thing!), celebrate with your friends and family, and welcome the new trees into the world.