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Plant Your Tree in Israel

At the start of the first millennium: The land flowing with milk and honey. A producer of olives and exporter of olive oil to the entire civilized world....

The Witnessing Tree

The wheel of fortune had taken a downward turn for a once-wealthy Jew who lived in the Moroccan city of Rabat. He was forced to leave home and wander from...

The Third Pomegranate

Nissim Kinouri lived not far from Tiberias in a humble village on the shore of Lake Kinneret, which gave him his family name. He was extremely poor. He...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...