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Tu BiShevat

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Tonight and tomorrow is Tu BiShevat. That being said, let's discuss some customs regarding this holiday.


What exactly is Tu BiShevat?


Tu BiShevat, which is the fifteenth day of the month of Shevat, is widely celebrated as the Rosh HaShanah for the trees. [1]

Fasting is prohibited on Tu BiShevat. [2]

This includes fasting on a parent’s Yahrtzeit [3] or on one’s wedding day (for those who have such a custom, the Sephardic custom is not to fast). [4]

One may, however, fast because of a disturbing dream. [5]

Similarly, Tachanun is not recited on Tu BiShevat as well as the mincha preceding Tu BiShevat. [6]

The Custom of Eating Fruits:

It is customary to place many different types of fruits on the table, especially the seven species of Eretz Yisrael, and recite berachot when eating them. [7] Some people have the custom to eat etrog jelly on Tu BiShevat. However, a SheHecheyanu should *not* be recited when eating it since one already recited a SheHecheyanu on the etrog during Sukkot. [8]


[1]. See Mishnah in Rosh HaShanah 2a. See also Shulchan Aruch, Y.D. 331:57 & 125.

[2]. Shulchan Aruch, O.C. 572:3. See also Chazon Ovadia, Tu BiShevat, p. 1.

[3]. Taz 429:3.

[4]. Kaf HaChaim 573:11; Aruch HaShulchan 673:2; Yechaveh Daat 1:81. See Chazon Ovadia, Tu BiShevat, p. 3 which says that the custom of the majority of Sephardim is not to fast through out the year at all on one's wedding day.

[5]. See Siddur Yaavatz, vol. 2, p. 463, Chodesh Shevat §17. Pri Megadim 468:19 adds that one does not have to fast again after Tu BiShevat to compensate for fasting a taanit chalom on Tu BiShevat.

[6]. Shulchan Aruch, O.C. 131:6.

Regarding the Mincha preceding Tu BiShevat see Levush 131:6; Mishnah Berurah 131:32; Aruch HaShulchan 131:12; Chazon Ovadia, Tu BiShevat, p. 4, 2.

[7]. See Pri Chadash 131:6, which cites Tikkun Yissachar, which states that the Ashkenazic custom is to do so. This is also brought in Magen Avraham 131:16; Eliyah Rabbah 131:14; and Mishnah Berurah 131:31. Kaf HaChaim 131:97 says that this has also become the custom for Sepharadim. See also Chazon Ovadia, Tu BiShevat, p. 4 & p. 274, footnote 1.

[8]. See Mishnah Berurah, 225:16, which states that a SheHecheyanu is not recited for a whole year because the etrog is found on the tree all year around. See also Ben Ish Chai, Re’eh 1:11; Kaf HaChaim 664:60; Yabia Omer, vol. 4, O.C. §50; and Yalkut Yosef, Moadim, p. 250.

(Adapted From the Laws Of The Holidays - Nacson with some additions)

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