Today is Tu Bi-Shebat, a Jewish holiday celebrating the new year for trees. This year the holiday is celebrated at sundown on February 7 through February 8. Tu Bi-Shebat falls on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shebat. The day is known as the New Year for Trees. The word “Tu” means 15 in Hebrew. It is composed of two Hebrew letters ט and ו.
The purpose of this holiday is to calculate the age of trees for the purpose of tithing. This festival is based on the law found in Leviticus 19:23-25:
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Topics: Judaism, Tu Bi-Shebat, Year of the Tree, Leviticus 19
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