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What is Tu B'Shvat?

Tu B'Shvat is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the connection of the Jewish people to land and foods that sustain them. Traditionally, there is a group meal called a Tu B'Shvat seder where the seven species of the bible are eaten. According to PJ Library, each of the seven species stands for a specific Jewish value. 

  • Wheat represents chesed, kindness, because it is so nourishing and accessible.

  • Barley is the embodiment of gevura, restraint, due to its thick hull.

  • Grapes signify tiferet, beauty, due to their color and manner of growing.

  • Figs represent netzach, endurance, for their lengthy ripening stages.

  • Pomegranates symbolize hod, majesty or glory, for their crown shape.

  • Olive oil represents yesod, foundation, for the staple role that the ingredient plays in many foods.

  • Dates denote malchut, kingdom, thanks to their digestive benefits.

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