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What is the Jewish view on trees?
Besides being Judaism's morality manual, the Torah might also be called the "total-planet system." This is because Planet Earth consists of...

Why is man called a tree?
The human being is a miniature world. And just as the world is made up of four elements: human, animal, vegetable and mineral, so too every person contains...

What is Tu b'Shvat?
Tu b'Shvat (lit. the 15th of Shevat) is the "New Years" for trees.1 A fruit which blossomed before the 15th of Shevat is...

How is Tu b'Shvat celebrated?
1. On this day it is customary to partake of the fruit which the Holy Land is famous for: olives, dates, grapes, figs and pomegranates.1 If you are...

Why do we humans attach such significance to the New Year of Trees?
1. The Torah tells us that "Man is [compared to] the tree of the field".1 There are many powerful lessons we can learn from our vegetative...

When is Tu b'Shvat?
Tu b'Shvat is on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. For the year 2013, Tu b'Shvat starts at nightfall, Friday, January 25th, and ends...

Is there a blessing recited when planting a fruit tree?
There is no blessing for planting trees. Generally, blessings are recited upon receiving pleasure from something. Planting a tree will bring you pleasure...

Trees "R" Us
In the first mishnah of tractate Rosh HaShanah, the School of Hillel asserts that the “New Year” for trees is on the 15th day of the month of...

Re-Connecting to Nature
One of the striking phenomena of modern Orthodox life is how distant we are from nature.  In the ancient world, both among Jews and among the other...

Global Ecology On the Road to Redemption
Global Web  If the science of ecology has demonstrated anything at all, it is this: No act thuds into isolation or oblivion. Everything is interwoven...

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