Tu B’Shvat: Jewish Earth Day?
I’ve noticed that in modern times, many people treat Tu B’Shvat as an environmental holiday and use it to promote being eco-friendly. I’m very much into being eco-friendly myself and I believe it’s a Torah value. After all, we have a law, Deuteronomy 20:19-20, that forbids cutting down fruit bearing trees.
But it seems that people celebrate the holiday this way have strayed from its real purpose as being the date that marks when trees become a year older. What are your thoughts about that?