Tu B’Shvat is similar to Arbor Day and New Years for trees. It is used for calculating the age of trees for the religious purpose of tithing. (see Leviticus 19:23-25). This year it occurs on the ninth of February.
Torah tells us that a Jew may not derive any benefit from the produce of a fruit tree for the first three years after it is planted. Any fruit yielded by the tree in these three years is called “orlah” “blocked” (prohibited). In temple times, the fruit of the fourth year (or its value) was brought to Jerusalem and eaten there. The fruit of the fifth year (and on) were permitted for normal consumption. It would be inappropriate to use the fruit for personal benefit
Although there are no special prayers or special meal on Tu B’Shvat, the custom today is to eat fruit from the land that you have not eaten yet this year and it is a joyful day. That is what we will be doing. We will make up 60 dried fruit baskets and with a live plant and visit those who have been injured by Kassam rocket attacks. We hope to bring them a sweeter future and add a little color to their lives with the fruit and plant that we bring to their homes. It will be a chance to remind them that the only hope we have is in the L-RD our G-D.