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During Tu BiShvat, we focus our attention towards the environment and environmental issues.
Since 1970, the United States has celebrated Earth Day every April. By contrast, ancient Jewish celebrations throughout the year remind us of our responsibility to safeguard the fragile planet God has entrusted to our care. Almost all of our Jewish observances reflect environmental concerns.
Purim can be a particularly difficult holiday for those of us who consider ourselves introverts. Jennifer Epstein shares her tips on how to still enjoy the holiday as an introvert.
All of the fun and merriment of the holiday aside, the true obligations of Purim are not fulfilled if we do not help the needy. With all of the partying associated with the holiday, it is easy to focus on our wants and forget about others’ needs.