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        1/15/2014, Shevat 14, 5774

      Knesset Holds First Official Tu Bishvat Seder


      For the first time in the history of the Knesset, a Tu Bishvat seder was held on Wednesday. "I am pleased and proud to adopt the Tu BiShvat seder tradition at the Knesset," said Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who grew up in then Soviet Union. "When I was young, I could not even imagine the smell of the fruits of the Land of Israel and its landscapes."

      Tu Bishvat, the new year of the trees begins Wednesday evening and lasts until Thursday evening. The traditional seven native species of the land of Israel are consumed. According to the Torah is Deuteronomy chapter 8 they are, "Wheat, Barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates."

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