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  • Questions that can be considered at Tu B'Shevat seders

    Richard H. Schwartz|Feb 10, 2017

    It is hoped that the questions below will be helpful to people leading Tu B'Shevat seders, as a way to increase audience participation. Suggested responses are given following the questions. Please send me suggestions for additional questions and for improved answers. 1. What is the origin of Tu B'Shevat? Tu B'Shevat is first mentioned in the Mishneh (Rosh Hashanah 1:1) as a cut-off date for the tithing of fruits for the Temple priests and for the poor. 2. Where is Tu B'Shevat mentioned in the T... Full story

  • Lessons From Trees: A Tu B'Shevat message

    Richard H. Schwartz|Feb 10, 2017

    Some of my most important lessons in life I learned from Jewish verses about trees. From the following I learned that I should be an environmental activist, working to help preserve the world: In the hour when the Holy one, blessed be He, created the first person, He showed him the trees in the Garden of Eden, and said to him: “See My works, how fine they are; Now all that I have created, I created for your benefit. Think upon this and do not corrupt and destroy My world, For if you destroy it, there is no one to restore it after you. (... Full story

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