Happy New Year!
Now that the new (secular) year is underway, we get to enjoy another New Year... an uncharacteristically early Tu b'Shevat.
The fifteenth (tu) of Shevat is the traditional the New Year for trees, used in ancient Israel for determining which fruits were set aside for tithes and which ones were from trees old enough to yield legally edible fruit. But it's just one of four different New Years in the Hebrew calendar.
We're all familiar with the first of Tishrei, Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the civil year... used for calculating Sabbatical years and the reigns of foreign kings, among other things... but wait, there's more!
On the first of Nisan, we mark the Exodus, our nation's defining event... and so we count the months starting with Nisan. It's also the New Year for the reigns of Jewish kings (not that there have been many of them lately.)
The first of Elul is the New Year for calculating cattle tithes. (If you don't know that, it must mean you've fallen behind in your cattle tithing.)
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