American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The fifth month of the year in the Jewish calendar. See Table at calendar.
- n. the fifth month of the civil year: the eleventh month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar (in January and February)
- Hebrew šəbāṭ, from Akkadian šabāṭu, a month name; see šbṭ in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is celebrated on the 15th day of Shevat in the Hebrew calendar although it was once set for the 1st of Shevat.”
“Later, at Ramat Yohanan, they created other festival ceremonies, including the Omer, Tu bi-Shevat, the Festival of First Fruits, the Harvest Festival/Water Festival and the Wedding Celebration.”
“The ceremony created for Tu bi-Shevat, celebrating the buds of spring, presents the changes in nature, the sprouting shoots and blossoms.”
“She suggests that the ceremony should take place in the synagogue on Shabbat Shirah, which falls near Tu bi-Shevat and on which one reads Parshat Be-Shalah, which contains the Song at the Sea describing the Exodus from Egypt and the crossing of the Sea of Reeds.”
“Her early Proustian stories, including the collection After Tu bi-Shevat (Hebrew, 1979), lovingly reconstructed the sights, sounds and fragrances of her childhood hometown, bringing to life its entire social milieu, as well as her own extended family and friends.”
“Actually the day after we were in Tel Aviv for the rave, we spent the next day, Shevat, at Mitzbe Areca (ph), there were some friends of ours on the West Bank.”
“This Wednesday the 15th of Shevat on the Hebrew calendar, Jews around the world will celebrate Tu Bishvat.”
“The blessing was part of the congregation's celebration of Tu B'Shevat - the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat.”
“These tithes differ from year to year in the seven-year cycle; the point at which a budding fruit is considered to belong to the next year of the cycle is the 15th of Shevat.”
“The 15th of the month of Shevat, Tu B'Shevat was originally the rabbinic date chosen to regulate tithing and agricultural obligations regarding fruit trees, but over the centuries, it has become a holiday for celebrating trees and fruit, for kabbalistic Tu B'Shevat seders, for planting trees, and, most recently, for emphasizing Judaism's ecological messages.”
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