Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish New Year for trees, is this coming Thursday, January 16, 2014.
Why in the world does Judaism require a New Year for trees?
Here's a better question: The nations of the world, in protesting our right to the Land of Israel, claim that all the other religions are fine with living in a variety of countries, so why must the Jews have their own land?
Many Jews don't know the answer to this seemingly-probing question. Yet, the answer is surprisingly simple. It also explains why we have a special New Year for trees, when it's a special mitzva to plant trees all over the Land of Israel. Read all about it in my feature article Planting and Posterity in this week's stimulating issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Also featured this week:
Rav Shalom Arush - Stark Contrast
Rivka Levy - Funny Money
Dr. Zev Ballen - Sam and Esty
Breslev Israel Staff - The Writing of the Oral Law, a dummy's guide to Mishna and Gemara
Racheli Reckles - Learning to Love
Rabbi Nissan Dovid Kivak - Always Searching
Rabbi Berel Wein - Changing Light Bulbs
Rabbi Dovid Charlop - The Reflectors
Rabbi Eli Mansour - Blessings for Granola Bars
Have a wonderful week! Meanwhile, start thinking about this dream trip for you and your family: