Tu B’Shebat – ט”וּ בִּשְׁבָט / Hebrew Tree New Year = ראש השנה לאילנות = Rosh Hashannah La’iylanow’at


Tu B’Shebat is the Hebrew new year for trees, and represents the 15th day of the month; ט”וּ / Tu = 15, while שְׁבָט / Shebat, is the 11th month of the Hebrew calendar. Today, which is 4th of February 2015 in the Gregorian calendar; is currently the 15th of Shebat in the Hebrew Calendar.

ט = Tet = 9,

וּ = Wau = 6.

Zechariah 1:7)Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat (שְׁבָט), in the second year of Darius, came the word of YHWH to Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, 8) I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white.

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hebrew-calendar2At this time of year, most trees are still dormant, however the first signs of life begin, in early flowering trees such as the almond (ለውዝ / ሉዝ = Luwz – Almond Nut) ;

Almond Overview;


Almond buds emerging after dormancy/winter;



Almond Pollen;


Almond Fruit;



Almond-Tree with nuts


Almond Grove / Vineyard

Almondtrees grove

Almond Leaves;


Almond Tree;


The Hebrew Tree New Year is the same day found in the bible that is known as the day of the firstfruits. Where fruit from trees that are 4 years mature, are offered;

Leviticus 19:23) And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: Three years shall it be as uncircumcised to you: It shall not be eaten of. 24) But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise YHWH. 25) And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield to you the increase thereof: I YHWH your Elohiym.

Further Bible Verses In reference To Trees

Genesis 1:11) And JAH said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: And it was so. 12) And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: And JAH saw that it is good. 13) And the evening and the morning were the third day.

Genesis 1:29) And JAH said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.

Genesis 2:9) And out of the ground made YHWH Elohiym to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Exodus 23:16) And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: And the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

Exodus 25:33) Three bowls made like to almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: So in the six branches that come out of the lampstand. 34) And in the lampstand shall be four bowls made like to almonds, with their knops and their flowers.

Exodus 37:19) Three bowls made after the fashion of almonds in one branch, a knop and a flower; and three bowls made like almonds in another branch, a knop and a flower: So throughout the six branches going out of the lampstand. 20) And in the lampstand were four bowls made like almonds, his knops, and his flowers.

Leviticus 26:3) If ye walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments, and do them; 4) Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

Numbers 17:18) And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.

Deuteronomy 20:19) When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them: For thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is man’s life) to employ them in the siege: 20) Only the trees which thou knowest that they be not trees for food, thou shalt destroy and cut them down; and thou shalt build bulwarks against the city that maketh war with thee, until it be subdued.

Psalms 96:12) Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: Then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice.

Psalm 1:3) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Proverbs 3:18) She (wisdom) is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: And happy is every one that retaineth her.

Proverbs 11:30) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Isaiah 55:12) For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Jeremiah 1:11) Moreover the word of YHWH came to me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.

Revelation 22:2) In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:14) Blessed are they that do HIS commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

See link @ Hebrew4Christians;


Words of His Imperial Majesty, Qedamawi Haile Selassie Ist: Arbour Day Forestry announcement (July 19th, 1958)

This is the third occasion on which We celebrate Arbour Day. As We have stated on previous occasions, the main objective of the development programme which We have adopted for the welfare of Our people is to preserve and augment the wealth derived from our land, and, agriculture being the basis of our economy, to increase the yield of Our soil through maximum utilization. The forest resources of Our Empire constitute one of the most important elements of the wealth of Our land.

When Our forests are properly conserved, they protect the fertile soil of Ethiopia from erosion; they render the landscape green and beautiful. But when forests are neglected and gradually destroyed, the wealth of Our land is progressively reduced and the country slowly becomes bare and barren.

Wood-cutting is an important source of income for our rural population. But the needlessness of their tree-cutting and their thoughtless misuse of Our timber stands demonstrate clearly that they do not understand the great and far-reaching importance of preserving Our forests.

The uses of trees are many and varied. Groves of trees protect our fields and plantations from being desiccated by the desert winds that blow from neighbouring regions. During the summer months, they provide moisture and shade. If trees are not presently planted to replace those being cut down from time to time, Our constant efforts to conserve and develop the wealth of Our country for the welfare of present and future generations will be rendered ineffective and futile. We are greatly grieved to observe the many thousands of gashas of rich forest land being destroyed every year by reckless timber-cutting, thoughtless forest burning, unregulated forest grazing, and other misuses of Our forest wealth, due to popular ignorance and desire for temporary advantage on the part of Our people.

It is a matter of great concern for Us that the forest wealth which God in His mercy has bestowed upon Our country is thus being continually reduced and wasted. Hence it becomes the duty and obligation of every single Ethiopian to become aware of the tremendous industrial and agricultural advantages to be derived from Our forest resources, and to practise tree-planting, in order that Our hills and planes which have been stripped of their wooded cover may once again be clothed in their green mantle.

The existence or non-existence of forest wealth in a country is one of the most important factors influencing its development and progress. The increasing pace of deforestation and the growing dearth of timber in Ethiopia, caused by unregulated tree-cutting and the failure to replace these by new plantings, give Us occasion for anxiety that a severe economic problem will confront the coming generation. It is essential that steps be taken here and now to stop this wastage and to check this destruction.

In these days when all nations of the world, in recognition of the tremendous importance of forest wealth, have launched intensive programmes for forest conservation and re-forestation, it behooves Our country also to take the appropriate measures to solve this problem.

It is Our wish and Our desire that each and every citizen of Our country follow the example We set on this Arbour Day in planting this tree, and himself plant as many trees as he can, for his own benefit as well as for the benefit of future generations.



The word Luwz ለውዝ / ሉዝ, for almond in the Amharic, is found in Genesis chapter 30:37)

And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.

The Hebrew word for Hazel is; לוּז = Luwz.



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