15th Day of the Hebrew Month of Shevat
This day has become the Jewish Earth Day, reminding us that we are the stewards for taking care of the natural world in a sustainable and just way. During the time of the Temple in Jerusalem, Jews offered the first fruits of their trees on Shavuot. The trees had to be at least four years old and this date was used to mark the “birthday of the trees”. It is customary to eat a new fruit and plant a tree in Israel. Some people participate in Tu B’Shevat seders, which connect the four seasons to our spiritual growth.