Tu Bishvat Web Round Up

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Hashkediah porachat, Tu Bishvat is Coming!

Tu Bishvat, the Jewish New Year for Trees, falls on Shabbat, January 30th, this year. The Web is awash with information and activities for Tu Bishvat. Here's a taste of what's out there …


General Information on Tu Bishvat

For a general background on Tu Bishvat, check out the Union for Reform Judaism, the United Synagogue, Orthodox Union (OU) and Jewish Agency for Israel holiday pages.

Torah.org has a selection of Tu Bishvat divre torah and Chabad.org offers a variety  of Tu Bishvat holiday insights.

On HebrewSongs.com you'll find great Tu Bishvat songs translated and transliterated into English including the most famous Tu Bishvat song of all, HaShkediyah Porachat.

Remember bokser? So did Vera Perlman. She wrote to the Forward wondering why Carob (haruv in Hebrew) is called bokser in Yiddish. Here's Philologos' response.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency columnist Edmond J. Rodman has an "out of this world" take on Chag ha-Ilanot. Check out his  "A Down-to-Earth 'Avatar' Tu B'Shvat."

Tu Bishvat Kids' Activities

Babaganewz.com, a resource site for Jewish middle school students and teachers,  has a number of fun activities for Tu Bishvat including games, e-cards and crafts you can make at home. Check out their Tu Bishvat page.

Chabad.org's Tu B'Shevat for Kids has stories you can download or listen to online.

Aish.com has a cool Tu Bishvat coloring book to download.

Tu Bishvat Seders

A great version of a kids' Tu Bishvat seder can be found at Babaganewz.

For a modern interpretation of the Tu Bishvat seder, head to My Jewish Learning.

Jewish mystics and those interested in kabbalah, should check out the Kabbalistic Seder at Aish.com.

Going Green on Tu Bishvat

Chabad.org's Nature & the Environment pages look at a Jewish view of ecology and environmentalism. The Reform Movement offers a Tu Bishvat social action guide that includes suggested activities and Torah study sources.

You can calculate your carbon footprint and pledge to "Go Neutral" at the Jewish National Fund's site. And, of course, you can always plant a tree for Tu Bishvat at the JNF Tree Planting Center.

Tu Bishvat Recipes

Phyllis Glazer  has put together some Tu Bishvat recipes at Aish.com and you can find even more recipes at Joy of Kosher's Tu Bishvat Central.