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O My America: What the Redwood Said

For Tu B’Shvat 2018, The New Year of the Trees by Lawrence Bush When God created Adam, God led him around the Garden of Eden and said to him: “Behold my works. See how wonderful and beautiful they are. All that I have created, for your sake did I create it. Now see to it […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: TREES

by Basia Yoffe AS TU B’SHVAT, the “New Year of the Trees,” rolls around this Tuesday evening, I find myself thinking about trees. Trees absorb nearly 40 percent of our fossil fuel emissions every year and store it in their wood and in the soil below them. Trees breathe in what we breathe out, and […]

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Wish I Was Here: A Nod to Religious Authority?

An Unusually Jewish Film Explores Secularism and Spirituality by Elliot B. Gertel IN WISH I WAS HERE, Aidan (Zach Braff) is a struggling actor who is determined to save his energy for the rare audition call. But he is no responsibility-free bachelor. He is married to Sarah (Kate Hudson) and they have two children. Sarah […]

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Tu B’Shvat? Why Not?

A Guide to Creating Secular Jewish Observances for the Ritually Impaired by Linda Gritz I dislike the word “ritual” — which is odd, since I chair the ritual committee of Boston Workmen’s Circle. For me, the word conjures up images of unchanging, unthinking religious practices. Yet even secular Jews may find value and comfort in […]

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