Tu b'Shvat

Russian Classic, Jewish Holiday

Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" does not seem like a natural partner for the Jewish holiday of Tu b'Shvat. But 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company paired the two, presenting an insightful, if rather nihilistic celebration of the holiday.

Chekhov for the holiday: the cast of 24/6's “TuBishVanya.” Toby Schechter

The Real Story Behind Tu b’Shvat

01/22/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

In many Jewish communities, there is a custom to eat dried fruit from the Land of Israel on Tu b’Shvat (the 15th of Shvat). It marks the “New Year” for the fruit of the trees, and this year it falls on Jan. 26.

Elli Fischer

Getting High On Tu b’Shvat

01/31/2012
Staff Writer

Tu b’Shvat, the Jewish new year of trees, a minor holiday on the Hebrew calendar, is traditionally celebrated in Israeli forests with mass tree-plantings, and in some diaspora communities with kabbalistic seders and the eating of symbolic Israeli fruits, right.

One local couple has its own Tu b’Shvat custom.

Photo By Michael Datikash
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