January 21, 2014

Photo slideshow: Jewish youth celebrate New Year of the Trees

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Juniors and seniors dance in a circle after a Seder to study and celebrate Tu B'Shvat during a Hebrew class at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Overland Park, Kan., on Wednesday (Jan. 15, 2014). RNS photo by Sally Morrow

Juniors and seniors dance in a circle after a Seder to study and celebrate Tu B'Shvat during a Hebrew class at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Overland Park, Kan., on Wednesday (Jan. 15, 2014). RNS photo by Sally Morrow

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Originally, Tu B’Shevat—Hebrew for the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat was designated as the time when tree owners would offer tithes from the fruit trees of Israel. Its earliest source refers to it as the New Year of the Trees.

  • Lauren Markoe

    A great take on Tu B’Shevat!