"I said to the almond tree, 'friend, speak to me of God', and the almond tree blossomed" (Nikos Kazantzakis).
Tu B’Shvat is the New Year for trees.
In Israel, Jews plant trees on Tu B’Shvat.
Traditions include: eating nuts and fruits, donating funds to plant trees in Israel, focusing on environmental issues, and holding a Tu B'Shvat seder.
Tu B'Shvat literally means the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat.
Tu B'Shvat began as a tax day of sorts, when Jews determined which fruits would be included in the tithe brought to the Temple.
Tu B'Shvat has taken on the character of a Jewish Earth Day or Arbor Day.