Tu BiSh'vat or the "New Year of the Trees" is
Jewish Arbor Day. The holiday is observed on the fifteenth (tu)
of Sh'vat. Scholars believe that Tu BiSh'vat was originally an agricultural
festival, marking the emergence of spring. After the destruction of the Temple
in 70 A.C.E. this holiday was a way for Jews to symbolically bind themselves to
their former homeland by eating foods that could be found in Israel. In the
sixteenth and seventeenth century Kabbalists created a ritual for Tu BiSh'vat
similar to the Passover seder. Today, Tu BiSh'vat has also become a tree
planting festival in Israel, in which both Israelis and Jews around the world
plant trees in honor or in memory of a loved one or friend.
The hit song "For Trees" by Peter & Ellen Allard is now available as a sheet music download! Perfect for the holiday of Tu BiSh'vat, "For Trees" is a joyous celebration of the many different kinds of trees in the world and all the wonderful things that they provide us.