This anthology draws upon biblical, rabbinical, medieval, and modern sources--from art, music, recipes, and crafts, as well as fiction, poetry, and essays--about the significance and historical development of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish "New Year of the Trees," and includes mystical writings along with Zionist and Eco-Judaism pieces. The anthology also includes several examples of preparing a "Seder Tu B’Shevat."
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This exhaustiveAand exhaustingAcollection of essays, biblical passages, poems, songs and recipes scrutinizes Tu B'Shvat, a minor Jewish festival that occurs on the 15th day (tu Equals number 15 in Hebrew) of Shvat, the fifth month of the Jewish year (it usually falls between mid-January and mid-February). Known as the New Year of the Tree, Jewish Arbor Day or Tree-Planting Day, Tu B'Shvat began as a tax day for calculating which fruit would be included in the tithe brought to the Temple. Following the destruction of the Second Temple, Jews in the Diaspora demonstrated their attachment to the Holy Land by eating fruits, preferably from Israel, on Tu B'Shvat. After Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, some Kabbalists developed a special ritual for the holiday that included drinking four cups of wine and eating fruits and nuts. More recently, Tu B'Shvat has become a day for planting trees in Israel and for celebrating ecological concerns. The minor festival's meaning and observance are thoroughly explored in this laborious, fulsome and repetitive presentation, constituting the definitive work on Tu B'Shvat. (Oct.)
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Book Description The Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1999. Hardbound. Book Condition: Good. Octavo in dust jacket, xvi, 492 pp., b/w drawings resources, notes, contributors, ink-stamsp, wear to the rear free endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 82035
Book Description Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. First Edition.. 492 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. reading copy with the binding slightly warped. JUDAICA. This anthology draws from biblical, rabbinical, medieval and modern sources - from art, music, recipes and crafts as well as fiction, poetry and essays - about the significance and historical development of the holiday, and includes mystical writings along with Zionist and Eco-Jewish pieces. (Key Words: Judaica, Jewish History, Recipes, Essays, Old Testament, Tu B'shvat). book. Bookseller Inventory # 19639X1