Happy T”u Bishvat (Jewish Arbor Day)!

The 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat is “T”u Bishvat” (Jewish Arbor Day). This year it falls from the night of January 16th to sunset on January 17th. The Sages have noted that T”u Bishvat is New Year’s Day for Trees. In Israel and the Mediterranean basin, the rainy season reaches its peak around the time of the holiday.

Beautiful T”u Bishvat customs include:

  • Eating fruits together in a family setting, sometimes in the framework of a T”u Bishvat seder, modeled after the Passover Seder
  • Hiking in nature and enjoying the beauty of the flora of the Land of Israel

Have a great holiday!