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Tu B’Shevat begins at sundown

January 24, 2024

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 the field” (Deuteronomy 20:19). Through cultivating strong roots – faith and commitment to the Lord – we produce many fruits.

On this day it is customary to eat the 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 the first time of the season, the Shehecheyanu blessing is recited:

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

See https://www.chabad.org/ for more information.

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January 24, 2024
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“Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life...all of our life.”
–Henri Nouwen