Tu B’Shevat

Posted on by Jeanne

“Go out on a limb
That’s were the fruit is”
I’m not exactly sure who this quote belongs to. My search to find its author is resulting in multiple answers. Anyway, I found this quote to be inspirational and quite appropriate for today’s blog about the Jewish Arbor Day holiday, or Tu B’Shevat.

The observance of the Tu B’Shevat holiday occurs on the 15th day of the Jewish month Shevat. Judaism has several different “New Years” and Tu B’Shevat is the New Year for the reason of determining the age of trees for tithing.

Why is determining the age of a tree significant in the Jewish tradition?

 

When you come to the land and you plant any tree, you shall treat its fruit as forbidden; for three years it will be forbidden and not eaten. In the fourth year, all of its fruit shall be sanctified to praise the L-RD. In the fifth year, you may eat its fruit.

-Leviticus 19:23-25

One may observe Tu B’Shevat in a number of ways. A popular custom is to eat fruit for which Israel is known: olives, dates, raisins or grapes, and pomegranates.

Trees are often planted on this day. As an alternative, some people donate to charities that will plant trees in Israel.

Tu B’Shevat will be celebrated in 2013 from sunset on Friday, January 25 to nightfall on Saturday, January 26. Since this coincides with the Jewish Sabbath, this is a popular date to have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. A Tree of Life theme for the Mitzvah celebration would be an appropriate way to recognize this special day.

Above are images for invitations that would be perfect for any Bar Mitzvah held on Tu B’Shevat.

Top center: Majestic Pocket Bar Mitzvah invitation

Lower left: Rooted Bar Mitzvah Invitation

Lower right: A Colorful Land Bar Mitzvah Invitation

Wishing you and yours a very fruitful Tu B’Shevat!

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