by Steven Dansky, Community Director, Mill Hill United Synagogue
Tu B’Shevat - the 15th day of Shevat – which we celebrate today, is the ‘birthday’ of trees. The Mishnah (Rosh Hashanah 1:1) states that there are various times in the year which are called ‘Rosh Hashanah’ – the head of the year. One of these is Tu B’Shevat, which is the ‘head of the year’ for fruit trees. Any fruit grown on trees (in Israel) before this date ‘belongs’ to the previous year, while fruit grown after this date is now considered to ‘belong’ to the new year.