Day: 7. February 2017

Tu BiShevat 5778

“Tu biShevat “ (the 15th day of Shevat the 11th month of the Jewish calendar) is a feast which is mentioned in the Mishna: “The 1st of Shevat is the new year for the trees, according to Beith Shammai; however, Beit Hillel says that it is on the 15th of Shevat”.(Mishna Rosh Hashana 1,1). After the season of rains, the earth is ready to receive the seeds. The tradition is to celebrate on this day the planation of the trees, when the sap begins to go up in the trees and the earth is waking up after the winter. In the 16th century, the kabbalists gave a mystic signification to the feast, celebrating the strong relation which exists between human being and creation. They invented a “seder”, meal where they eat all kinds of fruits, especially the 7 traditional fruits of the promised land (Dt 8,8) and of course the meal is punctuated by several cups of wine. It is for many the moment to renew their awareness regarding the responsibility toward creation. Laudato si …