L’Ilui Nishmas my grandmother Rebbetzin Sarah Soshe bas Chaim Gershon z”l Schochet whose yahrtzeit is today, the 2nd of Adar. The Sefat Emet says that each of the 3 regalim has a parallel. Purim (when we willingly accepted the Torah) parallels Shavuot (when we were forced to accept the Torah).
Why is Tu B’Shevat the new year for trees, not for the fruit itself? A tree is the most efficient “machine” – it yields virtually no waste; it is also one unifying entity. The difference between an eitzah (advice) and a teshuvah (answer).
2 reasons are given for the fast of Asarah B’Tevet: 1 – because the siege of Jerusalem began and 2 – because the Torah was translated. Why does the beginning of the siege specifically warrant a fast day? Why does the translation of the Torah warrant fasting?