Planting, Seders and Psalms: Practices for Shevat

calligraphy tree

Editors Note: we will be having a Tu B’Shevat themed service on Tuesday, February 3rd at 8PM EST at When most people think of Shevat, they think of Tu b’Shevat, the “new year” of the trees.  Tu b’Shevat is one of the four new years in the Jewish religion.  What began thousands of years ago […]

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

paper leaf lantern

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


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


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!

Shevat: The Lesson of Asher


~Excerpt from Shevat Guide – Subscribe for Free and Receive the Complete Guide Each Month ~ (Cross Posted From “And Leah said: ‘Happy am I! for the daughters will call me happy.’ And she called his name Asher.”  (Gen 30:13) Asher was the eighth son of Jacob through Leah’s handmaid, Zilpah.  According to the Torah, […]