"Tu" (the Hebrew abbreviation of 15th) in the month of Shvat was set (Hillel's opinion generally overrules Shammai's) as the beginning of the tithable year for tree fruit: Calculating the tithe on fruit starts again for fruit that sets after that date.
Here is the quintessential Jewish question: How do we emulate God? We are told that we were created by God. We are told that we have a divine spark within us.
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Peel potatoes. Grate potatoes and zucchini and set in colander to drain while you grate the onion.
Try this delicious recipe from the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) Centennial Cookbook Collection, submitted by the Temple Sholom Sisterhood, Vancouver, British Columbia.
It is life we want, no more and no less than that, our own life feeding on our own vital sources, in the fields and under the skies of our homeland, a life based on our own physical and mental labors; we want vital energy and spiritual richness from this living source.
For some children, finding out that the tooth fairy isn't real is the final straw.
Jewish communities around the world marked the "new year for the trees" last week with tree planting ceremonies and seders that celebrate Israel's seven species (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates if you are keeping track!).