Celebrate

Facing Evil

Moral strength is found in fulfilling religious obligations.

The Fast of Esther: A Minor Fast Day

The joy of Purim is preceded by solemnity.

The Promise of Tu Bishvat

Finding new meaning in tree planting

Kabbalistic Tu Bishvat Seder: Part 2

Evil in the world is symbolized by fruit at the seder.

Kabbalistic Tu Bishvat Seder

For Jewish mystics, nature is a sacred text.

When Herzl Planted a Tree

A well-known story that weaves together Tu Bishvat, tree-planting and the rebuilding of Israel

Kabbalistic Tu Bishvat Seder: Part 3

In Jewish mystical thought, the Tu Bishvat seder became a time to atone for sexual impropriety by blessing, eating and meditating on the symbolism of fruit.

Every Person is a Tree

The Biblical law protecting fruit trees during war provides an opportunity for Jewish exegetes to reflect on ecology and the wanton destruction of life.

What The Talmud Teaches About Trees

Trees were viewed in both economic and symbolic terms by the Rabbis of Talmudic times.

Four Types of Tu Bishvat

How the holiday developed.

The Lesson in Abundance

The 15th of Shvat is a call to share our wealth.