ט״ו בשבט ה׳תשע״ו (January 25, 2016)
Tu B’shevat, the 15th day of Shevat on the Jewish calendar – celebrated this year on Monday, January 25th – is the day that marks the beginning of a “New Year for Trees.”
Tu B’shevat is one of four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishnah. Customs include planting trees and eating dried fruits and nuts, specially figs, dates, raisins, carob, and almonds.
In the 17th century, Kabbalists created a ritual for Tu B’Shevat called Tu B’Sheevat seder.
Today, many Jews hold a modern version of the Tu B’Shevat seder each year. The holiday also has become a tree-planting festival in Israel, in which Jews in Israel and around the world plant trees in honor of loved ones and friends.
Celebrate Tu B’shevat with some iPhone apps.
There are dozens of coloring and painting apps for iPad and iPhone, but just few “Jewish”. Turn your Apple device into a Jewish coloring book.
Davka Coloring Blast is a lovely coloring book for Jewish children, with an easy-to-use navigation tool for the young ones.
Kids can paint and learn the basic colors, and even Hebrew AlephBeth. While children enjoying coloring images parents can teach them about Jewish holidays from Rosh Hashanah through Shavuot. Images are simple, fun, and kids will love it. They can even create their own masterpieces on blank ‘canvas’.
Davka Coloring Blast features 105 beautiful images to color, wide variety of pictures on Jewish holidays and themes: Shabbat candles, Shofar, Matzah, Megillah, Hebrew Letters and more, multiple brushes for finger painting fun, over 40 different colors and shades, share creations via email or save to camera roll – price: $1.99 (to buy app click here)
There is also a special Tu B’shevat Fruits Game for iPhone. Easy to play – just collect the fruits from the tree in the basket – price: $0.99 (to buy app click here)
Those seeking a deeper experience with the holiday may choose interactive quiz from the iThankYou – Modeh Ani app created by Jewish Interactive. Through directed feedback, children learn when, how and why we say Modeh Ani, learn what our sages say about waking up in the morning, and also connect the Tree of Thanks with Tu B’Shevat and the Tu B’Shevat tradition of eating Shivat Haminim, the seven species. – price: $0.99 (to learn more and buy app click here).
…and watch A Tale for Tu B’shevat by G-dcast
Have a happy and meaningful Tu B’Shevat.