Tu B’Shevat

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.

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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...
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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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