Unlike Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot, Tu B’Shvat – the New Year for trees – is not a Torah-mandated festival; and unlike Chanukah and Purim, it is not even a rabbinic festival. Nevertheless, it has received partial festival status and it is commemorated by a number of fascinating customs. The day of Tu B’Shvat is associated primarily with eating fruit. However, this special day offers far deeper meaning than the “fruit parties” might suggest. In this class we will explore that meaning, seeking to understand the essence of the day and its unique customs.