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Tu B'Shevat

Tu B'Shevat - the fifteenth of the month of Shevat - was assigned by the Sages as the New

Year of the trees. According to the halakha, this day also has practical significance for the

mitzvot relating to the fruits of the tree (for example terumot and ma'asrot (tithes etc.). In

the sixteenth century the kabbalist sages in Safed instituted a Tu B'Shevat seder during

which fruits native to the Land of Israel are eaten together with the recitation of piyyutim

and psalms. The Zionist movement renewed the custom of planting trees on Tu B'Shevat,

strengthening the connection with the Land of Israel. This day has also assumed an

ecological significance that emphasizes a love of nature and the importance of its


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