A Tu B’Shvat Companion

Livnot, one of the most exciting institutions in Israel, produced a companion to Tu B’Shvat with dynamic and compelling content, and it can be downloaded below. This is a must-have resource as you plan your Tu BShvat activities.

From the Introduction:

The handbook you are holding is a practical guide for celebrating Tu B’Shvat. Like a tree, this companion didn’t grow in a day. Livnot U’Lehibanot has been celebrating this holiday for years, and not only on its calendar day. This book is a compilation of ideas and practices that have been developed by different Livnot guides and educators throughout the years, based on the ancient and oh-so-relevant wisdom of our Jewish Sages and sources.

Tu B’Shvat, the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Shvat, is also known as the New Year of the Tree, and is a unique date in the Jewish calendar. Its celebration as a holiday was initiated in Tzfat about five hundred years ago. This day has nothing to do with Jews specifically, but has much to do with the Jewish perspective on nature, the world, and our place in it as people. It combines philosophy and practice and expresses our desires and values.

In this edition, we have tried to bring some practical suggestions for how to celebrate Tu B’Shvat, blended with some sources, sparks of wisdom, thought-provoking questions and different perspectives on the Jewish way of experiencing and celebrating life and creation.

This handbook would not have been possible if it weren’t for our wonderful educators – Aryeh Ben-David, Michael Even-Esh, Yehonatan Shumer and Shlomo Tal, for developing the content and method of celebrating Tu B’Shvat on Livnot programs.