Tu b’Shvat: Tax Deadline, Holiday of the Trees, or an Expression of Longing for the Land of Israel? https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/01/tu-bshvat-tax-deadline-holiday-of-the-trees-or-an-expression-of-longing-for-the-land-of-israel/

January 31, 2018 | Meir Soloveichik

The fifteenth day of the lunar month of Shvat (in Hebrew, Tu b’Shvat), which falls today, has been reinvented in recent decades as a celebration of nature and even of environmentalism. Arguing that this is a misinterpretation of the day’s meaning, Meir Soloveichik explains its original significance for the tithing of fruit and how 16th- and 17th-century rabbis transformed it into a celebration of the fruit of the land of Israel. (Interview by Eric Cohen. Video, 8 minutes.)

Read more on Tikvah: https://tikvahfund.org/library/zionist-meaning-tu-bshvat/