The festival of Shavuot (which starts this Sunday) is known as Z’man Matan Toratenu – “The time of the giving of our Torah.” Also a celebration of the wheat harvest, it has become primarily a commemoration of the revelation of the Torah at Mount Sinai to Moses and the Israelites. It is noteworthy that that is a […]

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ח׳ בסיון ה׳תשפ״א (May 19, 2021)

This past summer I built a greenhouse in my backyard. It was a Covid gift from a friend who was clearing out his shed. He texted me a picture and asked if I wanted it, and a couple of hours later it appeared on my porch, still in the box. After the disbelief, awe, planning, […]

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י״ט באייר ה׳תשפ״א (May 1, 2021)

By Julie Meyer Beantown Jewish Gardens Board Member & JVGB Mentor Do you know Rebbe Rhus toxidendron? Reb Rhus’ ancestors hail from the family Anacardiaceae, cousins to mangos, cashews, and staghorn sumac trees. Like human beings, Reb Rhus, more coarsely known as “poison ivy,” migrated across the temperate and warm regions of the earth. When […]

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ז׳ באייר ה׳תשפ״א (April 19, 2021)