Tu B'Shvat: What Is A Birthday For Trees?

What Is Tu B'Shvat And Why Do We Celebrate?

Immanuel Shalev
Immanuel Shalev


Every year, we celebrate the strange Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat – according to the Talmud, Tu B'Shvat is a "birthday" for all of the trees born in the previous year. And not just a birthday – it’s really a “new year” for the trees. How odd is that?

Many people celebrate it by gathering together for a Tu B'Shvat seder with figs, dates, and other delicious Israeli fruits. That stuff is all fun – don't get us wrong – but what does it have to do with Judaism or God? It doesn't sound particularly spiritual... What sets Tu B'Shvat apart from Arbor Day?

If you want to know how to connect meaningfully to God on Tu B'Shvat, watch this video and find out for yourself. In this video, Imu Shalev breaks down this strange holiday to uncover what Tu B’Shvat really means to us today, and how it's about showing gratitude to our Creator for the fruits of the trees.