Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat Living Green Family Fest this Sunday

The New Orleans Jewish Community Day School has announced plans to celebrate Tu B’Shevat on Sunday, January 28 with the Living Green Family Festival. The event will take place on Bart Field at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. 

Patrons will enjoy planting parsley, taking part...
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What you need to know about trees, Tu B’Shevat and the Jewish National Fund

By ALINA DAIN SHARON

(JNS.org) — The Midrash in Kohelet Rabbah teaches that God told man He created everything for him. “Be careful not to spoil or destroy my world—for if you do, there will be nobody after you to repair it,” God said.

For more than a century, Keren...
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For Tu B’Shevat, 5 of Israel’s must-see trees

By MICHAEL BROWN

(JTA) — Trees have stories, and Israel’s trees have lots of stories. Scattered throughout the country, scores of ancient and historic trees help shed light on fascinating aspects of Israeli history, from the biblical to the modern, that are often overlooked by the average tourist.

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National Jewish Committee on Scouting combines Tu B’Shevat with Scout Shabbat

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting is holding its annual Scout Shabbat weekend beginning tonight, which coincides with the observance of the Tu B’Shevat holiday. Known at “the New Year of the Trees,” the holiday celebrates nature and respect for the outdoors.

This celebration of nature is especially profound within...
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OP-ED: Tu B’Shevat and the case for eco-Zionism

By SHAUL GOLDSTEIN

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The rabbinic tract Midrash Kohelet Raba tells us that when God created Adam, He took him to see each and every tree and plant, telling him to “make sure you do not degrade and spoil my planet – for if you do, there will...
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Tu B’Shevat Time

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Tu B’Shevat, Tu B’Shevat,

I like you a lot.

Tu B’Shevat.

No tears, no fasting.

Only wonder at G-d’s plot.

Tu B’Shevat, degraded, diminished, and deluded by Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Pesach, as we all know, is the New Year of...
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On Tu B’Shevat, seeds of growth and change

By EDMON J. RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — For the last three years, I’ve celebrated Tu B’Shevat — the Jewish New Year of the Trees — by organizing a participatory seder in a nearby canyon-top park.

The seder usually includes about 10 to 15 people from my group, the Movable Minyan — a...
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At Tu B’Shevat, bidding to save a beloved tree

By EDMON J. RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — If Tu b’Shevat is such a happy New Year for Trees, why am I sucking lemons?

The holiday, usually a time for planting — except this year in Israel, where many are observing the shmitta year by not planting — for me...
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Knesset hosts first Tu b’Shevat seder

JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than 200 people attended the first Tu b’Shevat seder at Israel’s Knesset.

Government ministers, Knesset members, and staff and students were among the participants in the seder on Wednesday evening hosted by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein. Lawmaker Ruth Calderon and Rabbi David Stav, founder and president...
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At Tu B’Shevat, digging for spiritual growth

By EDMON J. RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — While my neighbors were putting their Christmas trees to the curb, in what seems like a ritual of replacement, I was preparing to plant for Tu B’Shevat.

My friend Freda recently presented me a cutting from an Angel’s trumpet — a small...
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