Over the centuries there have been many ways to celebrate Tu B’shvat: property assessment, mystical connection to the natural world, planting trees to claim land, and laying foundations. It’s a holiday with roots in Biblical agricultural law and expressions to the divine. If we focus just on planting, we both diminish the — of the […]

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ד׳ באדר ה׳תשע״ז (March 2, 2017)

Tu Bishvat is a busy time for Ganei Beantown! Tu Bishvat, the 15th of the month of Shvat, serves a legal purpose. Jewish law forbids eating the fruit of a tree in the land of Israel before it is three years old. Tu Bishvat was instituted as the day when all the trees aged a […]

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י״ט בשבט ה׳תשע״ו (January 29, 2016)

By Emily Jaeger All right, let’s unpack that title. First of all tu bishvat is the Jewish Arbor Day, or the New Year for Trees, mentioned in Jewish sources as early as 200CE. Inspired by the Passover Seder, the Kabbalists, Rabbis and mystics of the 16th century, designed a tu bishvat seder, an “ordered” meal […]

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י״ד בשבט ה׳תשע״ה (February 3, 2015)