Ruach Chayim Open House, Tu Bishvat & Shabbat Shirah
Friday, January 22, 2016 at 8:00pm: Join Rabbi Lisa Edwards, Cantor Juval Porat, and guest musicians Marla Leigh Goldstein on percussion/flute and Matthew L Cohen on piano for a special musical Kabbalat Shabbat Shirah and celebration of Tu BiSh’vat/The New Year for Trees and Shabbat Shirah. Our BCC House of New Life is open to New Friends and Guests! Services end at approximately 9:15pm, followed by refreshments.
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Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—celebrated this year on Monday, January 25, 2016—is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.
We mark the day of Tu B’Shevat by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. On this day we remember that “man is a tree of the field” (Deuteronomy 20:19)