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Tu B’Shevat

Invasive species, protests and forest fires: How planting a tree in Israel became controversial

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

HAIFA, Israel (JTA) — Each year on Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday celebrating trees and plants, Lior Weitz and his wife take their two daughters to plant saplings of pine — the tree that more than any other symbolizes Israel’s historic forestation project.

They join thousands of families at one of the annual planting ceremonies organized by the Jewish National Fund, a Zionist organization established in 1901...

JNF resumes planting trees under heavy security after Bedouin riots

– Under heavy security, the Jewish National Fund’s Keren Kayemet LeYisrael  (JNF-KKL) resumed planting trees in the Negev on Wednesday morning after they were halted the day before by an eruption of Bedouin violence.

At least 18 people were arrested following the rioting, that broke out in protest against JNF-KKL tree-planting ceremonies ahead of Tu B’Shevat, which begins on Sunday night, January 16.

Rioters placed...

Almonds

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

We welcome Tu B’Shevat – “The New Year of the Trees”– with words of song: “Ha-Shkeidiyah Porachat — The almond tree is blossoming, the golden sun is shining, and from every rooftop, songbirds herald the coming of the holiday.”

The almond is not a nut… but a “drupe” – a fleshy fruit with thin skin and a central stone containing the seed, a botanical designation...

OP-ED: Let’s make Tu B’Shevat a day to demand action on climate change

By DAVID KRAEMER

NEW YORK (JTA) — Though deep in the winter of North America, we American Jews allow our hearts to warm slightly as we mark Tu B’Shevat — the “New Year of Trees,” when the earliest fruits in the Land of Israel begin to form on the trees.

Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of the month of Shevat, began as a technical date on the rabbinic calendar, the day that...

Trees

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

Methuselah, the grandfather of Noah, is remembered as the Biblical character with the longest lifespan: 969 years (Genesis 5:27). Apparently owing to the prodigious dimensions of his age, Methuselah’s name is also used to designate over-sized wine bottles: those containing six litres (203 ounces) and standing 22 inches high.

Also aptly named after Methuselah is a bristlecone pine tree in the White Mountains of California....

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 in food cycle activities and even having an opportunity to have fun at a petting zoo. 

To make sure RSVPs...

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 Kayemet LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), which calls itself “Israel’s largest environmental organization,” has followed that tenet by protecting and preserving...

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.

As we approach Tu B’Shevat — the new year for the trees on the Jewish calendar falls on Feb....

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 the framework of Scouting, which encourages camping, hiking and appreciation for the divine in the outdoors.

A special Tu B’Shevat...

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 be none to come after you and restore it.”

From the biblical injunction to protect natural woodland, even while laying...