Tu Bishvat
Tyler E.

Tu Bishvat is an ancient tradition in Israel. It is celebrated in the spring and it is the New Year for trees. They started the holiday because they wanted to make the Torah happy.

It is celebrated on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. On this day they wear special jewelry. They eat fruits and nuts on Tu Bishvat, and they pray. In ancient Israel, when a baby was born, the parents planted a tree in its honor. If it was a boy, a cedar was planted. If it was a girl, a cypress tree was planted.

Tu Bishvat is like our Arbor Day. They are alike because they are both about planting trees, the birth of trees, and the life of trees. Trees help with the conservation of the land, and the people express their desire to connect with nature.

Tu B'shvat
Nick W.

Did you every wonder what Arbor Day was like in different countries? Well I find out what it was like for the Jewish people or the people in Israel. In Israel Arbor Day is called Tu B'shvat. Tu B'shvat started about two hundred years after the death of Honi Ha'Meagel. The purpose for Tu B'shvat is to help the environment and it also provides fruit to eat.

The way they celebrate is they plant trees and then in a year's time they eat the fruit, but not before. The only decorations they have are trees and fruit. They have a feast that includes wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, dates, and carobs.

Tu Bishvat
Dani M.

Tu Bishvat started on January 22, circa 200. It started as a nature folk festival and integrated into a religion. It was originally an agriculture festival, marking the emergence of spring. Tu Bishvat is on the 15th day of the Jewish Shv'at. In the beginning they started Tu Bishvat to make the Torah a happy place. On this day both Israelis and Jews around the world plant trees in honor or memory of a loved one or friend.

During the celebration they bind themselves to their homeland by eating foods that could only be found in Israel. They eat special nuts and special fruits. Also, they plant trees participation in the fruits of the land of Israel to mark the occasion.

Tu Bishvat is like our Arbor Day. One way they are alike is that on both days we plant trees and enjoy nature. Also we realize how important nature is to our lives and what it brings into them. Tu Bishvat and Arbor Day are also both celebrations. Another way they are alike is that on both holidays we do special things to help take care of our Earth. I would love to learn more about Tu Bishvat and how to celebrate it!

Tu Bishvat
Darian A.

The Jewish holiday Tu Bishvat is much like one of our holidays in America, can you guess which one? Well if you can't this article will tell you some information about Tu Bishvat.

Tu Bishvat first became a holiday in honor of Hani Ha'Meagel. Tu Bishvat originated in Israel which was where Hani Ha'Meagel was born. On Tu Bishvat they plant trees and then in about one year they eat the fruit from the trees, just like Arbor Day in America. Tu Bishvat actually started about 200 years after his death. The date of Hani Ha'Meagel death is still unknown.

On Tu Bishvat they also decorate with fruit from later years of Tu Bishvat. On Tu Bishvat some of the foods they eat are wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, dates, and carob. Can you think of three ways Tu Bishvat and Arbor Day are alike, these are three things I found out. the first way is we both plant trees, the second way is they both have ceremonies to celebrate their holiday, and one more way is theyboth are helping the environment when they celebrate.

Tu Bishvat
By Autumn K.

Have you ever wondered what the Jewish holidays are? Well here's one it's called Tu Bishvat. Honi Ha-Meagel is the one who started the holiday. It stared in the 16th century. Are you thinking why did it start, well it started, to celebrate everything turning green and the beginning of spring?

When they celebrate the holiday, parents plant a tree for babies -people send money to plant a tree in Israel. On this day they eat fruits and nuts from trees.

This holiday is like our holiday Arbor Day .We plant trees .we celebrates trees. We didn't have many before people stared planting. We also have elementary school programs. That's what Tu Bishvat is all an about.

Tu B'shvat
By Lily Wilkinson P. 4

Tu B'shvat is the Jewish "New Year for Trees". It takes place on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat. In Hebrew, Tu means 15, hence Tu B'shvat. Jewish people celebrate Tu B'shvat eating traditional foods. The foods that they eat are: Wheat or grains, barley, grapes or raisins, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates. On Tu B'shvat, Jews eat fruits that they have not yet eaten during the year. This way, they can recite the Shenechiyanu blessing, in which they thank God for keeping them alive and healthy until the day of Tu B'shvat. The Jewish culture also celebrates Tu B'shvat by planting trees. If they are in the Diaspora and can't plant trees, they usually send money to Israel to have other Jews plant trees for them.

On the 15th day of Shvat, the Jewish people also recite the Tu B'shvat Seder. The Seder follows specific orders and song recitations. During the Seder, they drink four cups of wine and special fruits and nuts. Rabbis started Tu B'shvat at the time of the Mishnah in Israel. It was started in order to celebrate the trees and what they supply. On Tu B'shvat, the Jewish share the harvested fruit with God and people in need of food.

Tu B'shvat is similar to the American Arbor day because Americans and Jews both plant trees and appreciates what they have done for our environment, planet and people. Some differences between Tu B'shvat and Arbor Day include the fact that Arbor Day originated in Nebraska, and Tu B'shvat originated in Israel. Plus, most Americans do not eat special foods or sing special songs to honor the trees and thank God for creating them. Maybe we should stop and recognize what the trees do for us more often. After all, they do supply us with food, shelter, and even oxygen. Without them, life on Earth would fail to exist. When was the last time you planted a tree?