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Tu b'Shevat

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Originally just the day when trees were considered a year older, relevant in the ancient world for tithing purposes—Tu b’Shevat was transformed by the kabbalists of Safed into a celebration of nature, its fruits, and the Divine "tree" reaching toward us. At Tu b’Shevat seders (the four cups of wine borrowed loosely from the Passover seder), revitalized in modern times and inspired with an environmental consciousness, we drink the fruit of the vine and eat many different kinds of fruit from trees—from the tough hard walnut to the luscious pomegranate—evoking different aspects of the Divine and of humanity.

Ahavat Olam, Indeed!

On Rosh Hashanah L’ilanot, the New Year of the Trees, the trees and the Tree of Life are judged for another year of fertility or not—just like human beings are judged on Rosh Hashanah. I think I...  more
Blog Post | February 6, 2012

Tags: eco-friendly

Farm to Freezer

by Rabbi Roni Handler
While winter may not seem like the most obvious time to appreciate the abundance that comes forth from our land, I find myself particularly attuned to the rewards that can be gleaned through proper...  more
Blog Post | January 31, 2012

Tags: eco-friendly

Essence of Shevat

A summary of facts, characters, and holidays pertaining to the month of Shevat   more
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