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Philip Ohriner

The Creative Component of Tu B’shevat

December 28, 2017

Holidays with a strong “home” component have always been my favorite. Passover, Sukkot, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving (definitely a “Jewish” holiday) allow us to be creative in our Jewish expression. No two families have the same Passover seder or decorate their Sukkah in precisely the same fashion. No two families have the same Thanksgiving rituals or make exactly the same latkes. “Home” holidays provide an opportunity for us to tailor our Jewish experience in a profoundly personal way. One frequently neglected opportunity for home-holiday creativity is Tu B’shevat, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. Since the inception of Judaism, Tu B’shevat has served as the New Year for trees, just as Rosh Hashanah is the New Year for us as human beings. According to Beit Hillel in the […]

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~ Rabbi Philip Ohriner