On Dec. 25, I walked into the grocery store and found a large display of sale items. Last-minute stocking-stuffers? No, all of the sale items were dried fruit, and each wished me a "Tu Bishvat Sameach" (Happy Tu Bishvat).
One of my favourite Jewish sayings is, "Many people worry about their own stomachs and the state of other people's souls. The real task is to do the opposite: to worry about other people's stomachs and the state of your own soul."
While the present Jewish environment movement has been doing a very good job on educating and activating the Jewish community on the issues of food sustainability and energy conservation, there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done.
Kabbalist's believe that eating 10 specific fruits and drinking four cups of wine in a specific order while reciting the appropriate blessings would bring human beings, and the world, closer to spiritual perfection
As children, we cherish the opportunity to climb a tree. So too, we strive to ascend Torah, grasping its multiple branches of interpretation and reaching for higher meaning.