Celebrate Tu B'Shvat

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In honor of the holiday of Tu B'Shvat we share with you some of our favorite Tu B'Shvat posts and recipes. Tu B'Shvat starts tonight, February 7 and continues through to sunset tomorrow Feb 8th.

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Tu B’Shvat seders are en vogue these days, really! Four cups of wine are also served up, along with foods made from the seven species and other uncommon fruits. A Tu B’Shvat seder is a wonderful way to celebrate this holiday – and you can make your own rules!!Click to read more....

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In celebration of the “The New Year for the Trees” , it is customary both to eat and cook with the fruits of nature, literally fruit and nuts, the center of most Tu B’Shvat tables and feasts. This seems, however, to overlook the gifts that the tree itself can provide! The bark of one tree is actually edible, has become commonplace in both its whole and ground forms, and is indispensable in both our sweet and savory culinary creations. Which bark am I referring to? It is cinnamon, the warm, sweet, fragrant and versatile spice which is the inner bark of a tropical evergreen tree of the laurel family. Click to read more...

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Tu B’Shevat was way ahead of its time.  It is the first Earth Day.  The birthday of the trees.  Although the rituals most closely identified with Tu B’Shevat originated in the 16th century, it is even more relevant today as we try to embrace our role as stewards of the planet. Over the past century, Tu B’Shevat has been closely associated with the environmental movement.  Many celebrate by planting trees in Israel in honor of loved ones and eat foods from  the Seven Species of Israel that are mentioned in the Torah: Wheat, Barley, Grapes, Figs, Pomegranates, Olives and Dates.  Dried carob is also popular. Click to read more...

Tu Bishvat Cheese Course

A breakfast cheese course for Tu B'Shvat is not really that far-fetched. I mean all the food is already prepared so you can serve it up quickly, no cooking involved. Add salad and some great crusty bread and you have an easy brunch ready to go. For Tu Bishvat add some dried fruit, grapes, fig or date jam, and you have an elegant cheese course perfect for the holiday. Click to read more....

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Laurie Bellet, an art specialist at Oakland Hebrew Day School, loves when Tu Bishvat rolls around. Besides the dried fruits and nuts, she uses this opportunity to fuse crafting and nature. “Tu Bishvat crafts are a wonderful ways to help kids to get in tune to God and the natural world,” says Bellet. “When you look at a tree, it’s so easy to form a simplistic mental image of it. But really, there are many individual elements to a tree, leaf or flower. It takes real focus to understand the different components.” Click to read more...