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  • Tu B’shevat Feature: Winter Holiday Celebrates the Contributions of Trees

    Many American Jews may find it difficult to imagine April 15, the tax deadline, as a spiritual holiday, celebrated with special ceremonies, prayers and foods. But a Jewish holiday that usually falls in late January or February is connected to the idea of taxation. In addition, the holiday is a time of rejoicing. In ancient… More ▸

  • Tu B’shevat Turns Political at One Tree-planting Event

    As thousands of Israelis planted trees on Monday to mark the Tu B’Shevat holiday, at least one ceremony took on political dimensions this year. The main ceremony for the holiday, which is the traditional new year for trees, took place at Givat Massua in Jerusalem in the presence of President Ezer Weizman. The theme of… More ▸

  • Tu B’shevat Observed by Planting Trees to Replace Victims of Arson

    Tu B’Shevat in the shadow of the intifada is symbolized by hundreds of tiny saplings in black plastic bags nestled at the foot of towering, fire-charred Jerusalem pines — leafless victims of arson. That was the sight that greeted President Chaim Herzog, who joined 750 Canadian visitors and 1,000 Israeli schoolchildren this sunny Sunday, the… More ▸

  • Storms Fail to Dampen Tu B’shevat

    Despite stormy weather, the Jewish National Fund managed Wednesday to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish new year for trees, with several mass plantings around the country. Yosef Begun, the former Soviet refusenik, joined with hundreds of children, tourists and veteran Hagana figures to plant trees alongside the Burma Road — the rough track built in… More ▸

  • Tu B’shvat Marred

    Tu B’Shvat, the New Year of Trees, took a sour turn at the West Bank Arab village of Katana near Jerusalem Saturday when officials of the Israel Land Administration (ILA) prevented a group of Arabs and Jews from planting olive trees there. Ownership of the land is in dispute. The Arabs and Israeli Jews who… More ▸

  • Planting Trees on Tu B’shevat

    Israel was to become richer by 150,000 trees as a result of today’s Tu B’Shevat celebrations by toddlers and school children around the country. The Jewish National Fund distributed that number of saplings for the youngsters to plant during the traditional nature rambles that are the rule of the day in Israeli schools. The JNF… More ▸

  • Tu B’shvat in Israel

    Immigrants arriving at Ben Gurion Airport this week — the week of Tu B’Shvat — are being greeted with baskets of fruit and nuts. Those already living in absorption centers are being encouraged, by the Jewish National Fund and the Jewish Agency to go out in organized groups into the countryside and plant trees. The… More ▸

  • Tu B’shvat Marked by State Solons

    Spring came early to the New York State Legislature last week, as Assemblymen Howard Lasher (D.Brooklyn) and Sheldon Silver (D. Manhattan) joined Rabbi Israel Rubin, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of the Capital District, to host a Tu B’Shvat party for legislators and staff held in Lasher’s office in the Legislative Office Building. Traditional fruits of Israel… More ▸

  • Rain Fails to Dampen Tu B’shvat Mood

    Husky soldiers and small children worked together in the rain today to plant saplings at Metullah on Israel’s northern frontier. The occasion was Tu B’Shvat–the 15th day of the Hebrew calendar month of Shevat–which is known in Israel as the New Year’s Day of Trees. Only a week ago the border echoed with artillery and… More ▸