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Tu B’Shvat begins at sundown

February 5, 2023

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 usto this season.”

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

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February 5, 2023
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“Before all, and above all, attention shall be paid to the care of the sick, so that they shall be served as if they were Christ Himself.”
–St. Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict