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Jewish Journal

Andy Lipkis

  • Appreciate trees anew … They may save your life

    January 10, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    If you live in a neighborhood without dense tree canopy, you may want to celebrate Tu b’Shevat by joining with your neighbors to plant and establish a forest of tall trees around your homes. Sound like too ambitious an undertaking? It will be well worth it.

    Tu b’Shevat, the...

  • The shuttle, trees and social justice

    October 10, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    Los Angeles accomplished quite a coup in beating out other cities to become the permanent home of the decommissioned space shuttle Endeavour. But in the wake of its dramatic arrival, Los Angeles residents and leaders still have a lot to learn about how to live together in a 21st...

  • A Grade of W

    January 14, 2009 | 12:52 pm

    Modern American presidencies do not end well.

    Recent presidents have resigned in disgrace (Nixon), departed in unpopularity without seeking re-election (LBJ), been defeated seeking re-election (Ford, Carter, and Bush), or witnessed their party lose the White House after their own...

  • Take Tu B’Shevat to heart and start healing nature

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    These are the times for which Tu B'Shevat was created. The rabbis who envisioned this holiday were prophetic: They knew we would need to be reminded on a regular basis about howimportant trees are to our lives. And trees have never been more important to our survival than they are...
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  • Protection Does Grow on Trees

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Another year, another tree story -- isn't it enough already?

    Well, no. Tu b'Shevat is an annual celebration for a reason.

    Thousands of years ago, our rabbis knew that we would need to be reminded on a regular basis about how important trees are to our lives. We must always...

  • Tu B’Shevat Lessons

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish birthday or new year of the trees, is a really fun and lightweight holiday, celebrated mostly by schoolchildren. As a child, this was one of my favorite holidays. I loved planting trees and somehow felt very much at home with this simple way to participate in...

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