The Gaza conflict, like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a whole, has no easy answers; there are many competing narratives and competing values. At uncertain times like this, it is comforting to fall back on simpler issues, where there is a clear right and wrong, and anyone who thinks otherwise is simply wrong. And so it seems like fortuitous timing that, as the Gaza war stretches on to uncertain duration, we have reached the time of the year when I start getting emails advertising “Tu B’Shvat” this and “Tu B’Shevat” that.
They’re wrong.
It’s “Tu Bishvat”. The vowel on the bet is an “ee”, not a sheva (schwa). Read this old post to find out why. This is not a matter for differences of opinion; it’s a simple matter of right and wrong.