Monday, February 2, 2015

Tu B’Shevat FAQ: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Arboreal Holyday

TABLET MAGAZINE
By The Editors
It’s the holiday that marks the new year for trees—a kind of Jewish arbor day. In Israel, it traditionally signals the beginning of spring. The holiday’s name refers to its date on the Hebrew calendar, the 15th of the month of Shevat. On the English calendar, Tu B’Shevat 2015 begins at sundown on Tuesday, February 3 and ends at sundown on Wednesday, February 4. Though a minor light in the holiday constellation, Tu B’Shevat nonetheless was of great importance when the people of Israel made a living working the land. [link]