Monday, July 05, 2004

Tu Bi-shevat

(Hebrew: “Fifteenth of Shevat”), Jewish festival of the new year of trees, or arbor day. It occurs on Shevat 15 (January or early February), after most of the annual rain in Israel has fallen and when, thereafter, the fruit of a tree is considered, for tithing, to belong to a new year. Tu bi-Shevat is considered a minor holiday: certain penitential prayers are omitted from the liturgy, and

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