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  • Harvesting expert advice to save family’s beloved tree

    21 hours ago

    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 shmita year, a Torah-mandated break every seven years in the agricultural cycle — for me may be a time...

  • Why are fruit trees important to Jewish people?

    1 day ago

    We first hear about Tu BiShvat – the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat -- in the Mishnah (Rosh HaShanah 1:1) as one of the four days that start the year. Tu Bishvat was not then considered a holy day. It was simply the legal date marking the new year for fruit trees. As a date...

  • New Year for trees: Savor fruits of the earth, consider their journey

    2 days ago

    Sarah Newman writes the blog Neesh Noosh: A Jewish Woman’s Year Long Journey to Find Faith in Food

    Tu B’Shevat, which translates literally as the 15th day of the month of Shevat, is the Jewish New Year for Trees. Mentioned in the Talmud, the holiday marks the tithing of fruits...

  • Growing tradition: Tu b’Shevat

    January 10, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    Would you throw a birthday party for your child at 3 a.m.? The Jewish New Year of the Trees, Tu b’Shevat (the 15th of the Hebrew month Shevat), falls in the dead of winter. Instead of colorful flowers or delicious fruit, deciduous trees are barren of even leaves!

    But this strange...

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  • Tu b’Shevat: Pom Wonderful

    By Rob Eshman

    January 10, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    We moved into our house in Venice almost 18 years ago this week. We’d been house hunting for months and had despaired of finding anything on the Westside for less than a bazillion dollars. When we drove up to our future home, my wife, who was pregnant at the time, was too tired to...

  • Appreciate trees anew … They may save your life

    By Andy Lipkis

    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...

  • Make Tu b’Shevat relevant: Look to the past, pay it forward

    January 10, 2014 | 11:47 am

    Tu b’Shevat is my favorite holiday. It gets us out of the synagogue and into the garden. I believe the power of this celebration is rooted in its key teachings: taking time to really see nature, to express our gratitude for it and to share its bounty.  

    Tu b’Shevat is an...

  • Spice up your Jerusalem experience

    February 9, 2012 | 5:25 pm

    Even though the sap begins to rise on Tu B’Shevat, colder temperatures continue can drag on in Jerusalem for weeks, if not months. That means finding the right place to drop in and warm up at some of the city’s most appealing restaurants. To satisfy your need to feed, this...

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