Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
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Yoni Stadlin does more than just talk about honoring trees on Tu B'Shevat -- he devotes vacations to "speak" for them. A month ago, the 33-year-old Bala Cynwyd native flew to Northern California for his fifth stake-out high in the boughs of an ancient Redwood that would have been chopped down years ago if not for the continual presence of...
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Over the past decade, Israeli artist Tal Shochat has scoured her homeland for the perfect cypress, plum, palm and other particular trees. Even after settling on an ideal specimen, she often waited patiently until the plant dripped with luscious fruit before photographing it, taking care to clean each branch first. From this painstaking process she compiled a series of large-format...
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As a child, Eric Goldberg remembers planting trees in plastic cups and attending mini-seders as part of religious school lessons on Tu B'Shevat. Now a rabbi at the same childhood synagogue, Shir Ami-Bucks County Jewish Congregation, Goldberg will help lead a seder this week intended not just for kids, but the entire congregation. As the world has grown more conscious...
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Tami Lehman-Wilzig
There's something about trees. Shel Silverstein's children's book classic The Giving Tree proves the point. Trees are sustenance. They provide comfort and love, even shelter. Unconditional love is what they bestow. But do we give back? With Tu B'Shvat as the next holiday on our collective radar, beginning the evening of Feb. 7, the question is a timely one. The...
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Chanukah may be over, but the dreidel counting continues. An official at the Guinness Book of World Records said it will take weeks to verfy whether a massive group of Conservative movement teens succeeded in their attempt to set a new dreidel-spinning record. Last week, the buzz of more than 800 students at the annual United Synagogue Youth international convention...
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