Ask the Rabbi - Customs and PracticesTu B’Shevat

Celebrating Tu B’Shevat

Q: Should Noahides celebrate Tu B’Shevat – and if so, how?

Q: I want to ask you about Tu B’Shevat (the Fifteenth of Shevat). Should Noahides celebrate this holiday, and if so, what should they do? My point is that this holiday is very closely linked to the Land of Israel. How should Noahides celebrate the holiday, what prayers should they recite? In addition: Ashkenazim and Sephardim have different customs about the number of fruits that they eat on this day. What should a Noahide eat to mark this day?

A: Eating various fruits on Tu B’Shevat is a good practice but it is not even an obligation for Jews. But it provides a good opportunity to have an encounter with the Creator who gave human beings the possibility to eat the fruits. For a broad view of this matter, I recommend reading my booklet, “The Good of the Land” (in Hebrew). This has been reprinted in my book, “Zayit Raanan.” It also appears at

There is no established requirement of a specific number and type of fruits to eat.

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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