Tu B’Shevat. Winter Celebration.

I knew that the 2013 Jewish calendar was unusual.  And that the holidays would be coming especially early.

Then I read Rabbi Jason Miller’s piece, wrapping some specifics around this notion:  “The Jewish calendar situation this year is unique. In fact, it has not occurred since 1899 and will only occur once more. Ever. And that won’t be until the year 2089.”

When the sap begins to rise

So I shouldn’t have been surprised to know that Tu B’Shevat starts at sundown, Friday, January 25th.  In a nutshell (there’s a pun in there!), Tu B’Shevat marks when the sap begins to rise in trees in Israel, like almond trees.

There are scads of ways to celebrate lightly. Or you can put on entire seders, based around wines or based around fruit and nuts that grow in Israel (like grapes, figs, olives, dates, pomegranates and almonds).

We’ll provide resources to explore next week. In the interim, check out our Tu B’Shevat Pinterest board for some ideas that might work well with your family.

Your ideas

If you have an idea for Tu B’Shevat or a memory of a celebration that you really enjoyed, please share it here.

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