Tu B'Shvat: Trees or Fruits?

We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give.

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Comments (15)

(15) Anonymous, February 6, 2020 11:39 PM

very interesting idea!

Really just wanted to thank Rabbi Syntar. I simply had never thought of the idea of why not have a custom to bring a tree into the house rather than fruits(-of course according to the main minhag that only fruits of the TREE are eaten rather than of the GROUND-the Yivaatz etc)

(14) Emilio Sevilla, December 6, 2019 2:25 PM

Plant a tree

In October I send money to plant a fruit tree in Israel and I have a friend that will like to do the same, but i can find how?


(13) Margarita, January 21, 2019 6:03 PM

This is a wonderful message - giving is not only money, it's time, it's ourselves. thank you for the lovely message

(12) Shirley Anne, January 21, 2019 5:15 PM

I attend the Village Shul, Toronto ? Baruch HaShem ?

(11) Harry Pearle, January 20, 2019 1:33 PM

Trees also BRANCH out, perhaps encouraging us to connect

All trees have branches, that reach out in space. Perhaps this can encourage us to also reach out to others, in life, to network, freely, to connect and to give...

(10) Dovid R, January 20, 2019 9:24 AM

nice message but question is off

Thank you for the very nice message, but actually the question is easy to answer. Tu BiShvat is actually the new year for fruit and not for trees! The 15th is the cut-off date for tithing fruit. If it began growing before Tu BiShvat is is tithed with last year's produce. If it began after, it belongs to next year's crop.

Trees have a different new year - for counting if a tree is in its 1st 3 years - Rosh Hashanah! See this article for a fuller explanation: http://www.aish.com/h/15sh/ho/ABCs-of-Tu-BShvat.html (as well as the first Mishna in Rosh Hashanah).

Equally important, you forgot to mention the teeth-grinding carob (bukser) we all used to get every year!

(9) Anonymous, January 30, 2018 8:51 PM

My kids love prunes, fruits and nuts. Dried fruit is candy to them...
Just saying:) Baruch Hashem.

(8) Anonymous, February 24, 2014 12:48 AM

Churchill's quote

That quote above about 'We make a living, etc' is from Sir Winston Churchill. My daughter had it printed on her card when she made Lt. Colonel in the army.

(7) Jonathan Ravan, January 15, 2014 11:23 PM

Beautiful & Inspiring

Rabbi, your videos are truly inspiring. Thank you,

(6) Cali, January 15, 2014 5:34 PM

Always enjoy your messages and hoping you come out with a book of all these amazing quotes you have!

(5) minlen, January 15, 2014 3:36 PM

Thank you aish.com

khag sameakh

(4) Anonymous, January 15, 2014 1:44 PM

Always struggled

with the holiday and its meaning and relevance. This message gives me something to ponder about. Thanx.

(3) Alan Goldman, January 15, 2014 12:56 AM

If you don't get you can't give.

(2) Anonymous, January 14, 2014 3:42 PM

Powerful message!

Thank you for sharing a powerful message on an often misunderstood holiday!

(1) Leah Farkas, January 14, 2014 3:00 PM

Great speech! Thanks so much for your time.

Happy Tu B' Shevat


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