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In this, the revealed world, we usually follow Beit Hillel, which is why we celebrate the New Year of the Trees on the 15th of Shevat. May our good deeds be fruitful and hasten the arrival of Moshiach.

Rabbi Yaakov Klass, rav of Congregation K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is Torah Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at