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Jewish Holidays

Tu B’Shvat and Shabbat Shira

January 25, 2012, by

Rav Natan of Breslav writes: “Tu BiShvat is always adjacent to Shabbat Shira, and sometimes it falls on Shabbat Shira itself” (as it does about 30% of the time). Rav Natan explains this proximity in an involved Chasidic digression (Likutei Halakhot Orla 3), based on a teaching of his Rebbe, Rav Nachman of Breslav (Likutei […]

Tu B’Shevat: Its Relevance for a Brooklyn Boy

February 5, 2007, by

Tu B’Shevat is surely relevant for farmers. Ideas from the Ohev Yisrael, the Apter Rav about how Tu B’Shevat is relevant even for us city-dwellers Rabbi Weinreb explores the significance of Tu B’Shevat to a Brooklyn Boy. First in a new series on the inner experiences of different days on the Jewish calendar.

Four Rosh HaShanahs

June 29, 2006, by

Although we are all familiar with the Rosh HaShanah, the “Head of the Year,” which occurs in the Fall, there are actually four Rosh HaShanah’s which define, to an extent, the Hebrew calendar. They are as follows: 1. First of Nisan – This is the month about which Moshe was commanded in Egypt, “This month […]

Tu B’Shevat: New Year for the Trees

June 26, 2006, by

First, as to the word “Tu,” pronounced “too” in the name “Tu B’Shevat.” “Tu” is constructed from the Hebrew letters “tet” and “vav.” “Tet” is the ninth letter in the Hebrew alphabet; “vav” is the sixth. Nine + Six = Fifteen. Also, “tet” is a consonant, making the “te” sound; “vav” is a vowel, which […]