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Tu Bishvat

Tucson J Holiday Resource Guide

Tu Bishvat starts at sundown on Sunday, January 16

Tu Bishvat occurs on the 15th day of the Hebrew month, Shevat. Tu Bishvat is the birthday of the trees.

 

Connection to the Land of Israel

In Israel, Tu Bishvat occurs at the start of spring, as winter begins to fade, and almond trees begin to bloom. The Land of Israel is described as “A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey (Deuteronomy 8:8).” These seven species were the staple foods consumed by the Jewish people in the land of Israel during biblical times. Therefore, we aim to eat some of these foods, typically during a special experience called a seder, on the holiday. A custom of Tu Bishvat is to plant trees in Israel. Since it was founded in 1901, the Jewish National Fund has planted over 240 million trees in Israel.

 

Connection to Nature

Tu Bishvat is an opportunity to celebrate nature. Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav expressed the importance of taking time to go outside every day. We invite you to spend time outdoors to enjoy the beautiful Tucson winter.

Want to listen to a song to get you into the spirit of the holiday? Listen to Peter Mallet’s “The Garden Song” or the Hebrew song Tu Bishvat Higiya (Hebrew for Tu Bishvat is Coming).

 

Environmentalism – Protecting Our Environment 

The mitzvah (special obligation) of Ba’al Tash’chit teaches that we should not be wasteful or destroy. Tu Bishvat is the perfect holiday to think about how we can practice this mitzvah. What is one thing you can do to not waste?

 

Caring for Ourselves

Like all living things, we are constantly growing and bettering ourselves. Just as we care for the trees, we also must care for ourselves. Just as we water a garden, we must nourish ourselves. When used as part of our own self-care, gratitude can play a large role in healing, both physically and mentally (Blue Dove Foundation).

https://thebluedovefoundation.org/tu-bshvat/

Looking for a movie to watch to celebrate Tu Bishvat? Check out The Lorax, Avatar, or Wall-E. What other nature-centered films might you add to this list?

Looking for more resources? Visit myjewishlearning.com (for adults) or pjlibrary.org (especially for families) for additional information.

Tu Bishvat ends Monday, January 17 at sunset.

Synagogues in Tucson


Congregation Anshei Israel (Conservative)
(520) 745-5550

Congregation Beit Simcha (Reform)
(520) 276-5675

Congregation Bet Shalom (Traditional Egalitarian)
(520) 577-1171

Beth Shalom Temple Center (Non-denominational)
(520) 648-6690

Congregation Chaverim (Reform)

(520) 320-1015con

Congregation Chofetz Chayim (Orthodox)
(520) 747-7780

The Secular Humanist Jewish Circle 
(520) 296-3762

Temple Emanu-El (Reform)

(520) 327-4501

Institute for Judaic Services and Study (Saddlebrook)
(520) 825-8175

Congregation M’kor Hayim (Reform)
(520) 305-8208

Congregation Or Chadash (Reform)
(520) 512-8500

Chabad of Oro Valley (Chabad)
(520) 477-8672

Chabad of Sierra Vista (Chabad)
(520) 820-6256

The Shul of Tucson (Orthodox)
(520) 326-8362

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