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Tu Bshvat

A Kabbalist's Feast: The Tu B'Shevat Seder

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Years ago in the ancient city of Safed, a group of Kabbalists uncovered the mystical secrets of Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish holiday commemorating trees which begins, this year, on Wednesday night, January 15.

Four Teachings for the Four Worlds of Tu B'Shvat

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

At the end of the Seder, we planned to walk onto ground that Maxxam Corporation had shattered in this way, and to plant redwood seedlings as an act of protest. Nonviolent civil disobedience. And we did.

Life Beneath the Surface

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Naphtali Hoff

Tu B'Shvat is the Jewish New Year for trees. It is often marked with joyous tunes, tree planting ceremonies (in Israel), and the consumption of many fruit. So if Tu B'Shvat isn't a festival, why do we celebrate it and what is its function?

Tu Bishvat: Rebirthing Trees And The Tree Of Life

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Let us learn together, celebrate together, act together to rescue and heal our Earth from the Crushers in our own society.

Tu Bishvat 2012: Environmental Jewish Holiday Celebrates Mystical Fruit

Posted 02.07.2012 | Religion

Early February, when branches are bare, may not seem like the best time to celebrate trees. Nonetheless, Tu Bishvat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees,...

Tu Bishvat: The Roots Of Torah

Rabbi Rachel Kobrin | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kobrin

As children, we cherish the opportunity to climb a tree. So too, we strive to ascend Torah, grasping its multiple branches of interpretation and reaching for higher meaning.

Life On Planet Eaarth: An Interview With Environmental Activist Bill McKibben

Rabbi Or Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Or Rose

Bill McKibben is a leading American environmental writer and activist. As part of my preparation for Tu B'Shvat, I spoke with him about his current environmental thinking and work.

Tu B'Shvat: An Ancient Jewish Holy Day For Modern Environmentalists

Gabe Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gabe Crane

What was once an accounting of tree inventory in ancient Israel may be emerging as the accounting of a movement.

Big Coal, 'Avatar' And Tu B'Shvat

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Let us stand together to rescue and heal our Earth from the Crushers in our own society.