What a Buddha Hand Made Me Realize About Tu B’Shvat

Tu B’Shvat is the best holiday a Jewish environmentalist could ask for. The New Year for the Trees gets us to think about the natural world, and indeed I’ve enjoyed that focus at Hazon’s Tu B’Shvat seders the last couple of years. However, my Tu B’Shvat observance has often been at odds with my general […]

Tu B’Shevat For Kids

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Alright kids, it’s almost time for Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees. First, we kick off the holiday by reading the story of Tu B’Shevat with one of our book reviewer Tamara Levine’s new favorite books, Happy Birthday, Tree! written by Madelyn Rosenbery. What would you give a tree for its birthday? Ribbons, water, […]

Tu B’Shevat Happy New Year Trees

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Tu B’shevat is very much a minor holiday to us today, perhaps it’s because most of us no longer work the land to provide for our families and communities. Perhaps it’s because few people care for the Earth as deeply as we once did. Whatever the reason is this is no longer a holiday celebrated […]

PunkTorah Radio: Kosher Vegan Cookbooks and Birthday Trees

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This week is all about Kosher Vegans, Tu B’Shvat and a big OneShul announcement! PunkTorah Radio: Kosher Vegan Cookbooks and Birthday Trees Also, subscribe on iTunes! Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Parshah Bo: The Power of Awareness

Reconciling the concept of divinity with the ruthless slaughter of infants can prove a barrier of significant challenge, and one that may even be insurmountable. We are called to do so when reading this week’s parshah, and we are also asked to do so when viewing the morning’s global news report. Innocent people, many of […]