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THE JEWISH
QUIZ BOX
BY RABBI SAMUEL J. FOX
(Copyright, 1947, Jewish
Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
QUESTION: What is "Chamisha
Asar B’shvat” ? (occurring this
year on Monday, January 26.)
ANSWER: The title "Chamisha
Asar B’shvat” means the "fifteenth
day of the Hebrew month Shvat.”
This day is annually observed as
one of our minor festivals. No re
strictions prohibiting work or any
other activity are recorded for that
day. It is prescribed as a day
of merriment in which all fasting
is prohibited, and penitential pray
ers called “Tachmin” are omitted
from the daily synagogue service
on that day.
QUESTION: What is the origin
of this festival?
ANSWER: The Talmud (Trac
tate Rosh Hashanah) described
this day as the "New Year’s Day
for trees” (Rosh Hashanah Leyil-
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onos.) It is traditionally said that
on that day God judges the trees,
deciding which should be renewed
with blossom and with fruit, and
which should wither and die. It
was customary in ancient Palestine
to plant trees from the fifteenth
day in Shevat to the fifteenth day
in Adar (a period of one month.)
On the eve of this holiday the
Oriental Jews assembled in the
synagogue and read the passages
from the Bible and Rabbinic liter
atures that had reference to trees
and fruits and productivity of the
fields. It must also be recalled
that in this season the greater
part of the rain had already fallen.
It was thus a relief from the
anxiety that pervaded the previous
season during which the agricul
turalists hoped and prayed daily
for sufficient rain. The appear
ance of this day and the begin
ning of the budding season indicat
ed the successful culmination of
the winter season, holding prom
ise for fruit crops in the spring,
and summer months.
QUESTION: How is this fest
ival observed today in Palestine?
ANSWER: Chamisha Asar
B’shvat assumes its most festive
spirit in modem Palestine. The
planting of trees on this day in
Palestine is rather widespread and
usually accompanied by elaborate
ceremonies. On that day school
children go to the parks and gard
ens and plant trees. In the course
of these ceremonies a most impres
sive proclamation is read. The
reading is followed by the cere
mony of tree planting. When that
is over, young people arrange pro
cessions in the city streets and in
the colonies, carrying twigs and
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tional revival.
QUESTION: How is the festival
celebrated in other lands?
ANSWER: The festival usually
serves as a day of reminder for
the Jews in other lands of their
national homeland in Palestine.
Hebrew school children arrange
parties in which fruits that grow
in Palestine are eaten. A favorite
of these is the dried carob, called
St. John’s bread. It may be that
this was so chosen because it could
be easily transported in its dry
form and the people of other lands
felt that by eating it they could
actually partake of the fruits of
the land of milk and honey. While
we cannot all go to Palestine on
this day and plant trees in the
Holy Land, the Jewish National
Fund has arranged a system
whereby at the cost of $1.50 per
tree,- We can purchase certificates
for which trees will be planted for
us in Palestine. Thus Jews the
world over have invented a means
of being a part of the Holy Land
and its ceremonials.
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