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    Happy Tu B'Shevat!

    Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:05 pm
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    Tu B'Shevat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, is a holiday also known as the New Year for Trees. The word "Tu" is not really a word; it is the number 15 in Hebrew, as if you were to call the Fourth of July "Iv July" (IV being 4 in Roman numerals).

    There are few customs or observances related to this holiday. One custom is to eat a new fruit on this day, or to eat from the Seven Species (shivat haminim) described in the Bible as being abundant in the land of Israel. The Shivat Haminim are: wheat, barley, grapes (vines), figs, pomegranates, olives and dates (honey) (Deut. 8:icon_cool.gif. You can make a nice vegetarian pilaf from the shivat haminim: a bed of cooked bulgar wheat or wheat berries and barley, topped with figs, dates, raisins (grapes), and pomegranate seeds, served with a dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar (grapes) and pomegranate juice.

    Some people plant trees on this day. In my childhood, Jewish children commonly went around collecting money to plant trees in Israel at this time of year.

    In the 16th century, kabbalists, developed a seder ritual conceptually similar to the Pesach (Passover) seder, discussing the spiritual significance of fruits and of the shivat haminim. This custom spread primarily in Sephardic communities, but in recent years it has been getting more attention among Ashkenazim. provides a traditional text for this seder. The Jewish college student organization Hillel also provides materials for a Tu B'Shevat seder.

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    here is another source of info:

    Here is a recipe from for a holiday dish:

    7 Species Salad for Tu B'shevat

    Here is a link to some tasty looking recipes for the holiday that have no added sugar and no flour!
    Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:42 pm Groupie
    Thanks for the info Saralaya

    I'm going to a Seder Saturday night, after Shabbat ends icon_biggrin.gif
    Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:14 pm
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    Studentchef wrote:
    Thanks for the info Saralaya

    I'm going to a Seder Saturday night, after Shabbat ends icon_biggrin.gif

    Hi SC!! You know, until I looked up the info to post...I had forgotten about collecting for JNF trees for Tu B'Shevat... everyone in Hebrew School did some places the classes had a little competition to see who could "plant" more trees...LOL
    Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:20 am Groupie
    There is an organization here, that collects funds for JNF. Every year, around this time, there is a big drive to collect even more money.
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