Charity Begins At Home, Part 2

Last night, my family watched NFL Honors, the National Football League’s awards show that honored players and coaches. Awards such as MVP, Coach of the Year, and Play of the Year were given out. The most prestigious of the honors was the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Established in 1970, the Man of […]

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Jessie's dog

A Snowstorm, My Pup, and a Moment to Celebrate Nature

A snowstorm, my pup, and a moment to celebrate nature

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Coming Clean with Your Toddler on Tu Bishvat

Tu Bishvat is a really beautiful holiday; a new year for the trees. It is a time to think about the earth, and to celebrate the many ways it nourishes us. It is also a good time to think about Israel, a place where it might actually be reasonable to plant a tree right now (as […]

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My New Year’s Resolution: Improvement Not Perfection

If you’ve read some of my blogs related to Sukkot and Tu Bishvat or articles in the InterfaithFamily article archive, you know that the environment is an issue that my family and I care deeply about. We have an organic vegetable garden, use earth-friendly cleaning products and buy local meats and produce whenever possible. We […]

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How a Tin Can and Piece of Paper Taught me to Speak for the Trees

This week, the Jewish world, will celebrate Tu Bishvat, the New Year of trees. Often referred to as Judaism’s Earth Day, it is a time when Jews renew their commitment to care for the earth, celebrate nature and anticipate the renewal of the natural world. The other day, as I thought about the coming holiday, […]

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Coming In… and the Planet?

Last week, we were “going out” (“Ki Tetzei“) and this week, we are “coming in.” In the first words of this week’s parasha, Ki Tavo (“When You come In [to the land of Israel]”), we find Moses/Moshe continuing his long valedictory address to the people. He wants to cover all bases, since he isn’t coming […]

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Vulnerability of the Heart and Land

The name of this week’s parasha, Ekev, is kind of a hard word to translate precisely into English. Here are 3 renditions of the first phrase (Deuteronomy 7 verse 12): “And if you do obey these rules and observe them carefully…” (Jewish Publication Society) “And it shall come about in consequence of your heeding these […]

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Why Tu Bishvat is the Tree Holiday

An explanation of Tu Bishvat and why it celebrates trees and the environment.

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Three Tu Bishvat Haggadot

Haggadahs for Tu Bishvat, aimed at little kids, children, and teens / adults.

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Tu Bishvat Seders

Resources to help you celebrate Tu Bishvat by hosting your own holiday seder (meal).

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