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Tu b'Shvat Prayers by R' Yehuda Halevi (Gaon)

I may have found them myself! To clarify, this is not the Yehuda HaLevi of the Kuzari; it is the other Yehuda HaLevi, a student of Eliezer HaKalir. They are brought in Sefer Tehilla L'David, a ...
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"In the next world, a person shall be judged for all the fruit that he saw but did not eat." — Source?

You have a sharp eye. The origin of the practice of Tu Beshvat Seder is from the controversial 17th century work Chemdat Yamim (2:4:3:2-3). Let's see how he describes why he's inventing this: ומנהג ...
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Tu b'Shvat Prayers by R' Yehuda Halevi (Gaon)

Thanks for the link to the Hebrew text - it just came in very handy! Let me add that Galaski's translation is indeed in the JPS-published anthology Trees, Earth, and Torah, edited by Ari Elon; I own a ...
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Tu B'Shvat Significance

@mevqesh and @user6591 The “Tu B’Shevat Seder” actually predates the Chemdat HaYamim. The earliest written mention of the Tu B’Shevat seder comes from a sefer that was first published three years ...
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Why didn't they send messengers for Rosh Chodesh Shevat?

I think there are a few factors that significantly mitigate the magnitude of the problem: As indicated in comments by DoubleAA, most of Israel's major fruit crops' harvest seasons are not in Shevat-...
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Why is Tu B'Shevat discussed at the end of Hilchos Chanukah in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch?

As noted by various commenters, this is clearly due to the order of the calendar. My only addition to this answer is that similarly (although likely due to error), in almost all old editions of ...
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Tu B'Shvat Seder: At night or day?

Well there's this Rabbi Adir HaKohen who brings a small siman (from Rosh HaShanah daf 14b) for why the focus is the evening. In addition, here's a collection of halachos for Tu BiShvat, where the ...
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Tu B'Shvat - Rosh HaShana L'Ilon / Shavuos - Yom Din L'Peiros

On Shavous we are indeed celebrating the fruit of the tree. One of the opinions given by the Midrash of the Etz Hada'as was that it was Chitoh. The Shtei Halechem, the only korban made from wheat, ...
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When Tu Bishvat falls out on Shabbos, when do we make the seder?

Sefer Nitei Gavriel says that on Shabbos we have fruits at each of the three seudahs; he notes that it should be after the regular courses are served in order not to diminish one's appetite for the ...
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Obtaining the 7 Species in the U.S

Wheat berries are easily found in health food stores as well as on-line. I also believe that bulgur wheat should work for you as well, and this is probably easier to locate in stores. Just soak it in ...
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