Tu Bishvat - Birthday of the Trees
According to our great Sages, there are 4 New Years:
1) New Year for Kings and Festivals
2) Animal Tithes
3) Sabbatical and Jubilee years
4) Agricultural tithes.
Tu Bishvat, which literally means the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, is the New Year for the trees. This date is very important in order to calculate our agricultural Tithes. Tithes are a Biblical commandment that shows our acknowledgment and appreciation in G-d for providing us with produce and rain.
By planting a tree in Israel, you are fulfilling many commandments from the Torah (Bible). Having your own Family Tree in the Holy Land allows you to keep the following Biblical commandments:
Neta Reva'i refers to the biblical commandment to bring fourth-year fruit crops to Jerusalem as a tithe. (Leviticus 19:24)
Maaser Sheni was a tithe which was eaten in Jerusalem and Maaser Ani was a tithe given to the poor that were also calculated by whether the fruit ripened before or after Tu BiShvat. (Deuteronomy 14:22–29)
Plant a Tree in Israel
Plant a tree in the Judean Hills of Israel
For the Kids
With a generation where most children are becoming more and more disconnected from nature, Tu Bishvat gives us the perfect opportunity to find ways to connect them not only to nature but the important concepts connected to agriculture and faith.