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Celebrating Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Earth Day

Jeff Kronenfeld | Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 8:07 am

Whether it is bearing fruit, cleaning the air or protecting us from an oppressive sun, the value of trees — and nature itself — has long been recognized by the Jewish people.

Tu B’Shevat, also known as the New Year for Trees, is one of the four new years recognized by the Jewish religion. When the First and Second Temples still stood, it marked the deadline for calculating the agricultural portion of tithes. In the 16th century, students of the Jewish mystic tradition of kabbalah are said to have begun the custom of the Tu B’Shevat Seder, which is still practiced by many communities to this day.

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