Latest update: May 19th, 2013
QUESTION: Since on Tu B’Shevat we do not celebrate with a festive meal. Then how do we mark this date on our calendar? Additionally is one allowed to fast on this day?
The Talmud (Ta’anit 7a) relates that when R. Zera was not feeling well enough to teach the law, R. Jeremiah asked him to expound something of an aggadic character. He replied by quoting R. Yochanan on the verse, “‘But is man a tree of the field?” Since it states, ‘From it you shall eat,’ and ‘it you shall not destroy,’ and states further [in the following verse], ‘It (a non fruit-bearing tree) you may destroy,’ we derive from the wording that only if a scholar (who is compared to a fruit-bearing tree) is worthy, should we eat (i.e., learn) from him…”
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About the Author: 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 email@example.com.
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