Tu B’Shevat is the new year of the trees and marks the start of the budding of the trees that will loose their leaves later this year to become “naked” and show their true, “naked” self. Traditionally Purim involves removing our masks and revealing who we really are. During Purim it is important for us to learn to laugh, we must let go of everything about ourselves and understand that not everything depends on us and to make room in our lives for others.
On Tu B'shevat we drink different colors of juice and wine to represent the 4 seasons in our world and within ourselves. During Purim we drink lots of wine which often leads to sharing secrets and enabling us to strip all the barriers that prevent us from being ourselves and we learn about the 4 seasons we each embody.
Purim encourages us to develop a sense of giving, we go out and give food packages and gifts to the poor as well as to friends and family. We learn to give as the trees give once their buds provide us with fruit.
Purim as is with all Jewish holidays, is about unity - "Go, gather together all the Jews" – We are commanded to sit down and share a special meal during Purim. On Tu B'shevat we gather around the table for a special meal to appreciate the abundances we receive everyday.