Tu Bishvat

Planting Trees for Tu Bishvat

This act has always been held in high regard in Judaism.

Tu Bishvat 2023

In 2023, the "birthday of the trees" begins at sundown on Sunday, Feb. 5 and ends at sundown on Monday, Feb. 6.

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Lesser-known facts about the Jewish “Earth Day.”

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Summary

In this Torah portion, Moses tells his father-in-law, Jethro, about the miracle of the exodus. Jethro proclaims that the Israelite God is greater than all other gods, and he makes a sacrifice. Jethro then advises Moses to delegate leadership roles in order not to tire himself out. The Israelites camp at the bottom of Mount Sinai. After three days, the mountain fills with smoke, and God delivers the Ten Commandments to His people.

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Parashat Yitro

Exodus 18:1 - 20:23

Isaiah 6:1 - 7:6; 9:5 - 9:6

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