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  • Carob or Chocolate: Tu B’shvat’s Trees?

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    January 21, 2016 | 11:04 am

    One is the fruit of a tree that grows in Israel: carob. The other, chocolate, is derived from the cocoa tree, which bears the scientific name “the food of the gods,” or theobroma. While the carob has its roots in the Mediteranean, the cocoa tree is rooted in Central America. Both...

  • On Tu b’Shvat, seeds of growth and change

    January 19, 2016 | 2:21 pm

    For the last three years, I’ve celebrated Tu b’Shvat — 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...

  • Tolkien b’Shvat: Looking to the Middle-earth folk to save our planet

    January 14, 2013 | 3:00 pm

    What lore does Bilbo Baggins have to share with us about Tu b’Shvat?

    While viewing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and hearing the Middle-earth characters talking about threats to the forests, more than a seed or two of connection between the increasingly popular Jewish...

  • Tu B’Shevat fest branching out

    By Ryan Torok

    January 26, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    What do Grammy-winning band Ozomatli, tree planting and a bungee trampoline have in common? This year, they’ll all be part of a festival celebrating Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday of nature and abundance.

    On Jan. 29, Ozomatli, known for fusing Latin music with hip-hop and rock,...

  • After fire, what types of trees are best suited for Israel?

    January 11, 2011 | 11:04 am

    From leafy eucalyptus trees lapping the shores of the Sea of Galilee to date palms in the desert to pine and oak trees in the North—many of which were destroyed in the Carmel’s forest fire last month—Israel will celebrate trees on Tu b’Shvat.

    The holiday, which for centuries was...