Sunday, February 12, 2006

Plant a Seed for Tu B'Shvat

Attention Jewish sluggies and tree-huggers! Tonight at sundown on Sunday, February 12, starts the New Year for the Trees on the Jewish calendar, known popularly as ט"ו שבט (Tu B'Shvat, literally "the 15th of the month of Shvat"). It's traditional to taste a new fruit that you haven't had yet this year, especially if you can get one of the seven special kinds that grow in Israel, and especially if you can get ones actually grown in Israel. Today, people also have a custom to plant a tree, or at least some kind of plant, on Tu B'Shvat. So, if not for Bob Marley, or for Tradition, or for me, then at least do it for the sake of your children and grandchildren, and please, plant a seed. For more info on what Tu B'Shvat is all about and what you can do for it, check out Chabad.org, Jewschool.com, or JNF.org.

In related news, the determined people behind katif.net have come up with a special Tu B'Shvat offer: Buy and plant testimonial trees, and help finance the commemoration of Gush Katif. Click here for virtual planting.

5 Comments:

Blogger Fedora Black said...

Also, check out Lazer Brody's comments on the 8 things we can learn from trees.

Mon Feb 13, 12:53:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Fedora Black said...

And for those mystics among us, what about a Tu B'Shvat Seder?

Mon Feb 13, 12:57:00 PM 2006  
Blogger G-D SQUAD said...

I omitted anything about a seder just because this past week Shalom Bochner said the tradition is rooted in the followers of Shabbatai Tzvi (and then he announced Hillel's Tu B'Shvat seder). But I don't know where he heard it from and I haven't seen it written anywhere. Any ideas?

Mon Feb 13, 04:47:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Fedora Black said...

I have never heard that the custom of a Tu B'Shvat seder came from Shabbetai Tzvi. The seder directions that I posted are from Aish HaTorah's web site, www.aish.com, and I doubt that they would post anything associated with him.

That being said, the custom is far from universal. Chabad Chassidim do not do a Tu B'Shavt seder. As for other Chassidim, I have never heard of them doing it either, although some Breslov Chassidim might, although it is my understanding that it is not a Breslov minhag. The Yeshivish certainly do not do a seder. I am not sure what the Sfardim do.

I'll look into things...

Tue Feb 14, 11:24:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Fedora Black said...

I know this thread is dying, but here are soem comments on Breslov and T B'Shvat from Lazer Brody:

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B"H
Shalom, FB!
In Breslov, we simply have a festive meal with all kinds of fruit, drink l'chaim, say Torah, and have a good ol' time! "Seder" pers se, not really. Take care and G-d bless, and thanks for the congrats, LB

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Wed Feb 15, 09:04:00 AM 2006  

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