- February 7, 2020
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- Catford And Bromley United Synagogue
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Tu B’Shevat is the New Year for Trees. The Torah forbids Jews to eat the fruit of new trees for three years after they are planted. The fourth year’s fruit was to be donated (tithed) to the Temple.
The festival was counted as the birthday for all trees for tithing purposes, like the beginning of a fiscal year. On Tu B’Shevat , traditionally we eat fruits associated with the Holy Land, especially the seven plants mentioned in the Torah: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.
Planting trees is another tradition. The community recently planted a tree at the Lewisham Garden of Remembrance on Tu B’Shevat.