Jewish Life at Duke

Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat (the 15th of Shevat) is one of four Jewish new years and is the new year for trees.  The holiday has roots in the agricultural cycle of Israel, as ancient Israel we a fundamentally agrarian society.  In ancient Israel it was the day when people offered the first fruits of their trees as offerings in the Temple in Jerusalem.  Due to the Jewish concept that we are obligated to serve as stewards of the earth, in the modern era this holiday has been associated with ecology and Jewish environmentalism. Another modern custom is that of the “Tu B’Shevat Seder,” a festive meal  in which the products of trees are eaten in a manner reminiscent of the Passover Seder.

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