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  • A renewed commitment to preserving our planet

    January 22, 2016 | 9:18 am

    This year as we celebrate Tu BiSh’vat, we are not just celebrating a new year for the trees, but the start of a new era for our planet. The international climate agreement that was finalized at the end of 2015 has provided a new sense of hope for protecting our earth and all of its...

  • Spiritual farming with Steven Wynbrandt

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    January 20, 2016 | 4:39 pm

    In Los Angeles, Tu B’Shevat, the agrarian festival also known as the new year for trees, can easily pass unnoticed; after all, the time when the holiday falls — this year on Jan. 25 — is not one of seasonal change here. Some Jews will plant a tree or lift a ceremonial date or fig...

  • Numbering the days of the trees

    January 20, 2016 | 11:44 am

    My Israeli-born friend, Ofer Raveh, assures me that Tu B’Shevat is celebrated and important in the Jewish state. “Trees are planted everywhere,” he told me. “And we eat fruits, especially from the kind that Israel is blessed with and are mentioned in Torah: grapes, figs,...

  • Calendar: January 22-28

    By Amanda Epstein

    January 20, 2016 | 9:24 am

    SAT | JAN 23


    Actress Helen Slater’s career has included film (“Supergirl”), television (“Mad Men”), music and stage. Come enjoy a performance of her album, “The Ugly Duckling,” a retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale....

  • Israeli election food fight

    February 5, 2015 | 9:15 am

    Celebrating Tu b’Shvat is a no-no for the Israeli political party Jewish Home.

    The party on Wednesday was ordered to stop giving out dried fruit in honor of the holiday, after the Central Election Committee chairman Justice Salim Joubran ruled that the packages of fruit, which...

  • Rap for Tu B’Shevat

    February 4, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    About the song:

    Jewish Rappers could occasionally hit all the holidays that are known, but not many might know of Tu B'Shevat , which is the new year of Trees. Over a funky fresh hip hop beat produced by Kentron da Mastadon, Kosha Dillz and Ari Lesser go back 'n' forth about a topic that is more smokeable for hip hop rather than planted, and can still rock the party with positive vibes. Catch Kosha Dillz on Vans Warped Tour this summer with Riff Raff.

  • Harvesting expert advice to save family’s beloved tree

    January 28, 2015 | 12:43 pm

    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?

    January 28, 2015 | 9:51 am

    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

    January 27, 2015 | 11:03 am

    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...

  • 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...