Tu Bishvat

Alternative Spellings

Tu b'shvat, Tu bi'shvat, Tu bee-shvat, Tu Bishevat, Tu bi-Shvat, Tu bi-Shevat, Tu b'Shevat

Definitions

  • Jewish Arbor Day, the New Year for Trees, literally 'the 15th day of Shevat'.

Example Sentences

  • "Join Columbia/Barnard Hillel and New Yachad City for a multicultural, pluralistic Tu Bishvat seder. Connect with your spirituality through this kabbalistic based seder, eating yummy fruits and nuts, discussing the practices of Tu Bishvat from around the world, and learning about how Columbia and you can help maintain an earth live-able for the trees. End your spiritual seder experience with an optional drum circle to close out an informative and fun evening." (http://www.facebook.com/events/290450511010178/)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

ט"ו בשבט 'fifteenth of Shevat'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

There is some controversy - and strong feelings - about the spelling of this word. In this case, the Lexicon makes an exception to the general practice of listing the "most common spelling" using Google search results, because of a convincing blog post: http://jewschool.com/2013/01/29/30148/response-to-hzon/ As of 1/30/13, the results using Google Advanced Search in English sites only: Ever, Past month: tu b'shevat: 483,000, 25,900 tu b'shvat: 345,000, 15,900 tu bishvat: 306,000, 19,300 tu bishevat: 17,100, 4,110

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