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Tu B’Shevat

January 17

The Jewish “New Year of the Trees”is celebrated with observances that connect humankind to the natural world.This holiday has special significance because “Man is the tree of thefield” (Deuteronomy 20:19). Through cultivating strong roots – faith andcommitment to the Lord – we produce many fruits.

On this day it is customary to eatthe fruit with which the Holy Land is praised in Deuteronomy 8:8: olives,dates, grapes, figs and pomegranates. When tasting any of these fruit for thefirst time of the season, the Shehecheyanu blessing is recited:

“Blessed are You, Adonaiour God, Sovereign of all, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought usto this season.”

See https://www.chabad.org/ for moreinformation.

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January 17
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“And let them first pray together, that so they may associate in peace.”
–St. Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict