From sundown last night through sundown this evening, Tu B’Shevat is celebrated with tree planting and enjoying the fruit of trees. It also marks the beginning of the agricultural year for the purpose of biblical tithing.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying: “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.”
Shana Tova—A Good Sweet Year to You!
Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth, O seed of Abraham His servant, you children of Jacob, His chosen ones!
Over the past 100 years, more that 240 million trees have been planted in Israel. Israel is the only country in the world to have entered the 21st century with a net gain of trees. History, however, documents that not all have demonstrated love and concern for the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
While there is no biblical foundation for celebrating the New Year as it falls on the Gregorian calendar, it provides a pause to rethink the way we live-out our daily routine. We can use the New Year to re-evaluate how we respond to the circumstances we face, the people we encounter and life itself.