Director of American Friends of Lubavitch Rabbi Levi Shemtov, offered a prayer and talked about the meaning of Tu BâShevat âThe New Year of the Trees,â during the celebration, at the District of Columbia western lawn next to the USDA Headquarters, Whitten Building at 14th Street and Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. Rabbi said, âIt is the first day where we mark the rainfall coming to a close and vegetable life starting to begin drawing sustenance from the ground.â One of the customs is to partake of the seven types of grains and fruits listed in the Torah (i.e. wheat, barley, figs, pomegranates, olive, and dates). Later, the audience was able to eat some of these and other offerings. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
May 2, 2014
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