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Jewish Holidays

What are We Celebrating on Tu B’Shevat?

January 9, 2019, by

In both the list of four new years and the four times a year when the world is judged trees feature prominently. The Torah prohibits cutting down fruit trees because man is compared to a tree. Trees have the ability to continue producing from year to year. Planting in the Land of Israel is significant […]

Tu B’Shvat: The Tree as a Metaphor for Reality

January 26, 2018, by

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

Of God and Goats: Tales of Faith and Farming

January 18, 2018, by

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

As Stands the Tree, So Stands the Man Singular and Strong

February 6, 2017, by

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 […]

Feeling Taste During the Process

January 30, 2017, by

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).