Westborough – Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 45 Oak St., Westborough, will hold a community Bishvat Seder Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m.
Tu Bishvat literally means the 15th day of the month of Shvat. It is the new year for trees. Originally, the date was used to mark the ages of trees so that farmers would know when the tree was 4 years old, the age at which the farmers would bring their first fruit offerings to the Temple. After that, the fruit of the tree could be eaten. During the 16th century, the Kabbalists in the city of Safed, Israel, created a new ritual to observe Tu Bishvat, the Tu Bishvat Seder. In more modern times, the holiday has become associated with the planting of trees. It is traditional for children in Israel to plant trees on Tu Bishvat and for American religious school students to purchase trees for planting in Israel.
To attend, RSVP to EJ Dotts at [email protected].