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Tu B’Shevat

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 Trees. It’s one of the holidays, as we all know, that is not in the Torah, but found its origins...

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 small, lay-led, independent congregation that needs every member’s active participation in order to thrive. We meet in the parking lot,...

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 may be a time of cutting down.

Our lemon tree, planted over a decade ago in the backyard, is sick....

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 of the Tzohar rabbinical organization, conducted the ceremony.

The seder replicated the four cups of wine from the Passover seder...

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 tree with beautiful, large, pendulous white flowers that grows in her yard — and to observe the New Year of...