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18-Jan-2019

I love ט׳ו בשבט (Tu B'Shvat). It is the best holiday - ראש השנ הלאילנות (The New Year for Trees). 

Many, many moons ago when I was a child in Hebrew School in the dead of winter, every  ט׳ו בשבט all the students received a gift of a small brown paper bag filled with nuts and dried fruit from Israel. It was something very special and it was very exciting. פרי תמרים, תאנים, משמשים, (dates and figs and apricots). שקדים בקליפה (almonds in the shell.) And something unknown in our parts - חרוב (boxer fruit). 

I was very interested in eating it all but a little confused about whether I would like the taste...

25-Jan-2016

Today is ט׳׳ו בשבט (Tu B'Shvat)  - 15th day of the month of Shvat. The Hebrew calendar uses letters for numbers (Gematria) and the letters ׳ט׳ ׳ו׳ are respectively 9 and 6. Together they make the number 15. Normally this number would be comprised of the number 5 ׳ה׳  and the number 10  ׳י׳.  Since these two letters together are a written substitue for the name of God, the combination is not allowed to be used as a date.  

 

 

In a nutshell (no pun intended) Tu B'Shvat is the holiday where Jews celebrate nature. Sometimes it is referred to as the Jewish Arbor Day but it is much more...

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