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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.
Tu BiShvat, the precursor to Earth Day, should make us alert to our air, water, animals, and foliage – and all that we’re doing to destroy them.
The way we celebrate Tu BiShvat has changed over the years – a case-in-point of how Jewish life and observance has been transformed in our day, due in no small part thanks to the successes of the State of Israel.
Shavuot offers a glimpse at how others in our tradition faced unimaginable and unremitting losses – and were sometimes helped to prevail. There are powerful lessons for us within the story of Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth.
Whether you’re celebrating Shavuot with dairy-based foods, making a meal for National Cheese Lovers Day on January 20, or just want to whip up a Jewish dish that features your favorite food, these recipes have got you covered.
This updated version of classic kaese latkes was created in deference to the heroine Judith, who saved the Jews from annihilation by feeding salty cheese and wine to General Holofernes.
Although not mentioned in Deuteronomy, almonds also figure prominently in Tu BiShvat celebrations, as they are the first tree to flower in Israel at that time of year.
Try this delicious fresh figs recipe--a delicious treat with goat cheese and honey that your whole family is sure to enjoy!