The History of Tu Bishvat: From Legalistic Debate to Fruit-eating Bonanza

The Bible didn’t mention the holiday, but holy men in the Middle Ages made sure it became a celebration resembling the Passover seder.

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Tu Bishvat is a late addition to the Hebrew calendar. The holiday is nowhere in the Bible and first appears in the Mishna. We’re told that each year actually has four Rosh Hashanahs – four starts to the year.