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Tu B’Shvat Higia

Today is Tu B’Shvat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, known as “the birthday of the trees” in Jewish tradition. The tree most associated with Tu B’Shvat is the almond tree, in Hebrew the Shkedi’a (שקדיה), which blossoms … Continue reading

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Good News Friday

I can’t believe it’s time for another Good News Friday installment, but I can’t argue with the calendar. My first item for this week comes from the haredi town of Bnei Brak, but from the unlikely setting of the high-tech … Continue reading

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Tu B’Shvat Higia

It’s the 15th of Shvat – Tu B’Shvat – today, the Jewish “birthday of the trees”. The halachic (legal) importance of the day was to know from which date to start counting in order to calculate when to give tithes, … Continue reading

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