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What are we supposed to do on the 15 of Shevat?

 

Chamisha Asar B’Shevat is Rosh Hashanah La’Ilan – the new year for trees.

 

  • Tachanun is omitted on the 15th of Shevat, as well as by the Mincha of the 14th of Shevat.
  • Fasting: One may not fast – not even a Choson and Kallah on the day of their Chupah.
  • Eat Fruit: It is customary to eat fruit of trees, and specifically the Shivas Haminim, the fruits in which Eretz Yisroel was blessed with: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates.
  • Carob: It is also customary to eat carob, associated with miracles.
  • New Fruit: Minhag Yisroel is to try to eat at least one new fruit and recite Shehecheyanu. {שיחת ט״ו בשבט תשמ״ח}
  • Farbrengen: The Rebbe requested that farbrengens be held in connection with the 15th of Shevat.
  • Jewish children: The Rebbe also requested that rallies (kinusim) of Jewish children-soldiers in Tzivos Hashem, be held, as children are compared to a growing tree, spiritually and physically.
  • Tzedaka: The Rebbe encouraged giving extra tzedaka on this day.

 

 

 

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