Tu B’Shvat: Focus on Eretz Yisrael

The Mishna tells us that there are four periods in the year that are called Rosh Hashana. Tu B’shvat  is the New Year for the trees. What is the meaning of this quasi-holiday?  When the Temple stood the Jews needed a time to count the life of a tree in order to determine Shemita and Neta Ravai, and Tu B’shvat was the day chosen. However, clearly there is more to this unique day.

The Torah tells us, “Ki ha’adam eitz hasadeh“-Man is compared to a tree which consists of roots, a trunk, branches, and fruit.

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