In Worms, the custom on Tu B’Shevat was that yeshivot were closed. Why? How does the custom reveal the essence of the day? Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime
Tu B’Shevat is the time of year by which ]most of the rain has fallen. Why does that make it the new year for trees? The mishna (Rosh Hashana 1:1) calls it ראש השנה לאילן in the singular even though the rest of the cases in the mishna are pluralized? Why do we daven on […]
Why is there a new year for trees? What is the connection between the word עץ (tree) and עצה (advice)? The connection to the 2 trees in Gan Eden – the עץ הדעת טוב ורע and the עץ החיים. Delivered 1/25/18 at the Young Israel of Long Beach L’ilui Nishmas Dovid ben Reuven Michoel z”l
How farming and spirituality go hand in hand. Miriam Shechter, a Chabad farmer from Moshav Sdei Trumot shares how working the land made her realize how much we all really depend on God on a daily basis. Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event
OU Kosher and OU Israel present this practical hands-on seminar on checking dried fruit for insect infestation that will prove useful on Tu b’Shevat and throughout the year. Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event
Rav Gustman tended a small garden outside his office at the Netzach Yisrael Yeshiva in Jerusalem each and every day. Even while his students were in the Beit Midrash studying, this great gaon, remained outside, tending his garden! His students presumed his behavior was a demonstration of chibat ha-aretz, his love for Eretz Yisrael. In […]
Why is Tu B’Shevat the new year for trees, not for the fruit itself? A tree is the most efficient “machine” – it yields virtually no waste; it is also one unifying entity. The difference between an eitzah (advice) and a teshuvah (answer).
Tu b’Shevat tells us what in year a tree’s produce falls. This has legal ramifications but what does the holiday mean for mankind?
You know that guy you saw on the way to work shouting “Happy New Year!” to a tree? He wasn’t crazy. Well, he might have been, but not for being kind to an oak or maple. It might just be the 15th day of the month of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—better known as Tu […]