Roots of Tu Bishvat: Introducing Mishnat Eretz Yisrael


This sheet asks the question “What is the source of Tu Bishvat?” Tu Bishvat is mentioned in Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 1:1 and is further explained by the commentary Mishnat Eretz Yisrael. 

Mishnat Eretz Yisrael is a 21st-century commentary on the Mishnah that combines traditional and academic methods of interpretation, with an emphasis on the Land of Israel as the backdrop of the Mishnah’s development. Written by professors Shmuel Safrai z”l, Chana Safrai z”l, and Ze’ev Safrai, the commentary is enriched by the authors’ knowledge of history, geography, archaeology, and more. 


Looking for additional Tu Bishvat resources? Check out Sefaria’s Tu Bishvat collections.

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