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Tu B'Shevat - New Year for trees??

Zech.1[ 7] Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat , ( Sh'vat ) שְׁבָט

The word "Tu" is not really a word; it is the number 15 in Hebrew:

ט t 9 + ו v 6 = 15

Leviticus 19 [ 23] And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of.[24 ] But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise the LORD withal.[25] And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you the increase thereof: I am the LORD your God.

There are four new years, ( made up )

Almost always, Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel disagree in the Talmud.

The first of Shevat is the new year for trees according to the ruling of Beit Shammai; Beit Hillel, however, places it on the fifteenth of that month.

10.2.06 Rosh Hashanah 1:1

Mishnah - An early written compilation of Jewish oral tradition, the basis of the Talmud

Tu B'Shevat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of 10/2/06, is a holiday also known as the New Year for Trees.

Tu B'Shevat will occur on the following days of the Gregorian calendar:

Jewish Year 5766 : sunset February 12, 2006 - nightfall February 13, 2006

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